By Mark Lamster
Although his acceptance is eclipsed via Rembrandt this day, Peter Paul Rubens used to be respected by way of his contemporaries because the maximum painter of his period, if no longer of all historical past. His indisputable inventive genius, reinforced by means of a modest disposition and a name as a guy of tact and restraint, made him a favourite between monarchs and political leaders throughout Europe—and gave him the right hide for the clandestine actions that formed the panorama of seventeenth-century politics.
In Master of Shadows, Mark Lamster brilliantly recreates the tradition, spiritual conflicts, and political intrigues of Rubens’s time, following the painter from Antwerp to London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome and delivering an insightful exploration of Rubens’s artwork in addition to the non-public passions that inspired it.
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