RUBENS Peter Paul (1577-1640) – Flemish artist. Very few artists, even the great ones, deserve an honor to be named as founders of a new style in art, but Rubens is an exception. He became a founder of alive, excitingly-colorful style, named later “Baroque”. Bright, magnificent Ruben’s style, can be characterized with the portrayal of the large heavy figures in their impetuous motion. Sharp contrasts of light and a shadow endows his pictures with the tireless energy… He was the most versatile and influential Baroque artist of northern Europe in the 17th century. An educated and urbane member of the Antwerp participate, he was employed by the rulers of the southern Netherlands as their ambassador and became painter to the courts of Europe, producing magnificent cycles of allegorical painting glorifying his princely patrons. Rubens’s art blends features of the Italian High Renaissance, with which he became acquainted during a prolonged visit to Italy, with northern realism and a love of landscape, derived from Pieter Bruegel the elder. He had a deep knowledge and understanding of Classical art and literature and was unrivalled in his power to turn its most complex themes into vivid images of flesh and blood; his work was a perfect example of the humanistic ideal of ‘UT PICTURA POESIS’. Apart from his paintings—which included altarpieces, history and mythological scenes, portraits and landscapes—he designed tapestries, book illustrations and pageant decorations, as well as his own house and small items of sculpture and metalwork. Rubens’s style was overwhelming and few contemporary artists withstood its influence; later generations of often very diverse artists derived much from his art and, indeed, a whole style of painting came to bear his name
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Agni Publishing House (Samara, Russia), Nicholas Roerich Museum (New York) and Fine Arts Academy Gallery (Moscow, Russia) have published a unique album, dedicated to the pictorial heritage of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
Will be available on the second volume of a unique publication dedicated to the works of Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947).
The album was released by the publishing house "Agni" (Samara), with active cooperation of the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, as well as the Moscow Gallery Fine Arts Academy and the St. Petersburg State Museum and Institute of the Roerich Family.