THE WORLD OF RUBENS

The first section is dedicated to Rubens’ personality. He was an open and magnanimous man, an artist with a reckless creativity.

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Peter Paul Rubens
Portrait of Clara Serena Rubens
1615 – 1616

The first section is dedicated to Rubens’ personality. He was an open and magnanimous man, an artist with a reckless creativity. His unique personality of an intellectual and great painter, able to spread positive energy in every field he committed himself in, had certainly a particular fallout on his activity and his relationships with princes and protectors, and with other artists too. The exhibition offers a self-portrait and a portrait of his wife (hosted at the Uffizi), and of his daughter Clara (coming from the Prince of Liechtenstein’s collection). In addition, an image of his house as it appears today fully reflects the new face of this great intellectual man, entrepreneur of himself. In this section, besides his family, we can see some of his companions, like Gaspar Scioppius, whose paintings are compared with Seneca’s classical sculpture and other ancient busts, as well as with The Death of Seneca (from the Prado Museum). This comparison points out the constant inspiration the artist found in ancient philosophy.

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Peter Paul Rubens
The Dying Seneca
1612 – 1615

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