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Peter Paul Rubens: “The Power of Transformation” at Städel Museum, Frankfurt

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) Venus Frigida 1614 Oil oak panel 145,1 cm × 185,6 cm Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
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Opening next week is an exhibition that offers visitors a chance to explore the underappreciated works of Peter Paul Rubens. “Ruben. The Power of Transformation” is being presented at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt from February 8, 2018.

The show features about 100 works including 31 paintings and 23 drawings by the artist. The exhibition explores little-regarded aspect in the artist's creative process — the dialogue into which Rubens entered with his predecessors’ and contemporaries’ achievements and fathoms the scope of their impact on the five decades of his production. The artist’s oeuvre reflects the influences of ancient sculpture as well as that of the later art from Italy and north of the Alps, from the masters towards the close of the 15th century to the artists of his own day.

The exhibit brings together a cross-genre presentation of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and objets d’art. In addition to original sculptures dating from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, the show also displays paintings and prints by Rubens’s precursors and contemporaries, such as  Titian and Tintoretto, by Goltzius, Rottenhammer, and Elsheimer, as well as by Giambologna, Van Tetrode, and Van der Schardt.

“Rubens. The Power of Transformation” runs from February 8 through May 21, 2018 at Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

For details, visit: www.staedelmuseum.de/en

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.