He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Eye Candy for Today: Rubens and Brueghel

Posted by Charley Parker at 1:27 pm

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<a href=The Feast of Acheloüs, by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Rubens painted the figures, Brueghel the richly detailed setting.

A feast, indeed.

In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click on “Fullscreen” and zoom or download.

6 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Rubens and Brueghel »

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  1. Comment by Bill Carman
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Learn something new every day. I never knew they did stuff together. I’m a huge Breughel fan.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I don’t know if Breughel did many collaborative works, but I know that Rubens did several, like this amazing piece, Prometheus Bound, here in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in which Rubens again did the figure and Frans Synders painted the eagle. (This thing is eight feet high!)

  3. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Rubens was exceptional in his hiring of other artist-specialists with whom to collaborate. The Met usually has another collaboration with Breughel on display, a garden of eden scene lush with animals and foliage by Jan Breughel. Other collaborations included Jan Fyt who specialized in dogs, birds and other animals and Snyders who was great with the larger, more ferocious game like lions and tigers. Some of these were studio assistants who developed specialized repertoires. It must have been quite a workshop, especially when it was under the management of the teenaged Anthony van Dyck whose imitation of the Rubens style at one point was so good that it still confuses experts today.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    Thanks, Daniel!

  5. Comment by Aelle
    Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    The link for Rubens and Brueghel:’A Working Friendship’ with audio. On behalf of the past exhibition on July 5–September 24, 2006 at the Getty Center.
    http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/rubens_brueghel/homepage.html

  6. Comment by Bill Carman
    Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Fantastic information. Thanks everyone!

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