UCB Art: Landmark exhibit of Rubens sketches at BAM
- March 2-15, Berkeley Art Museum
In his day, the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (15771640) was the
most renowned artist working in northern Europe. Based in Antwerp, but
also working for long periods in London, Paris, and Madrid, Rubens
produced an astounding volume and array of monumental paintings and
ambitious commissions for patrons across the continent.
In the first U.S. exhibition to present a comprehensive survey of
Rubens's oil sketches, the Berkeley Art Museum (working with the Bruce
Museum of Arts and Science and the Cincinnati Art Museum) brings
together 30 works by the 17th-century master painter. These small,
engaging studies made in preparation for large altarpieces, ceiling
paintings, tapestries, and engravings, among other public and private
commissions reveal a rare perspective on Rubens's skill, passion,
and ambition as a painter.
"Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens" is accompanied
by an in-depth exhibition website with an online exhibition, essays
from the exhibition catalog, and a timeline of Rubens's life and work;
as well as a schedule of public programs in which distinguished
scholars and artists will explore the continuing relevance of Rubens's
themes. The BAM admission price will rise from $8 to $10 during the
run of the show. Admission remains free for BAM/PFA members and UC
Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.