Reflections on Rubens's Hands: Or How to Master the Studio

Date: 16.8.2018 17:00 - 18:00
Place: Sternberg Palace
Action type: Přednášky a diskuze

August 16, 5 pm 

Rubens had more than two hands. How else could he have created this enormous number of works still associated with his name? A survey of the existing paintings shows that almost all of his famous paintings exist in more than one version. Rubens never tried to hide the fact that he produced his paintings with the help of his workshop. On the contrary, everything seems to point towards Rubens consciously presenting himself as an artist who practised art as a predominantly intellectual activity. And he stated that even the most difficult subject did not require an execution entirely by his own hand, but only a careful retouching and finishing by the master. But how can we distinguish the work of the master from that of his pupils? The lecture will address the problem of the kind of relationship between the master's share and that of his workshop in specific paintings. It will further ask how they can be distinguished and how this more or less visible cooperation was assessed in various times. 

Nils Büttner is a professor ordinarius of Art History at the State Academy of Arts Stuttgart. He specialises in the visual culture of Germany and the Netherlands from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. He has published monograhs on Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as the history of landscape painting and the history of drawings and prints. He has also written numerous catalog essays and has served as a curator for several museum exhibitions. Moreover he is member of the “Centrum Rubenianum” and co-editor of the “Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard.”

The lecture will be held in English.
Free entry
At the lecture hall in the Sternberg Palace

Peter Paul Rubens: Portrait of the Marchese Ambrogio Spinola, c. 1627, National Gallery Prague.

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