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Rubens: The private life of a great artist

— November 2015

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Peter Paul Rubens, Clara Serena Rubens, the Artist’s Daughter c.1616 Oil on canvas on panel, 37.3×26.9cm Sammlungen des Fürsten von und zu Liechtenstein, Vaduz–Vienna, inv. GE105

Rubens left us a moving record of his family life. Rosalind Ormiston reviews a fascinating book

Rubens in Private: The Master Portrays His Family edited by Ben van Beneden with Foreword by Philip Heylen

Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) is said not to have had much time for portrait painting. He thought it required no inventiveness for an artist to paint what he saw. Fortunately, that did not stop him from painting portraits of his patrons, himself, his family and his friends. In the Foreword, Philip Heylen, Antwerp’s Vice-Mayor for Culture, writes a succinct...

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