The Assumption of the Virgin

Object Details

Title:

The Assumption of the Virgin

Artist/Maker(s):

Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577 - 1640)

and Paulus Pontius (Flemish, 1603 - 1658)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Flanders, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1624

Medium:

Black chalk, touches of red chalk, pen and brown ink, and brown and gray wash, heightened with white and gray gouache and oil paint; incised for transfer

Dimensions:

65.7 x 43 cm (25 7/8 x 16 15/16 in.)

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When Peter Paul Rubens decided to have an engraving made after his 1618 altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin, a young member of his studio, Paulus Pontius, made a detailed drawing of the painting in black chalk. Scholars believe that little evidence of Pontius's design remains. Rubens extensively reworked the drawing, probably in an effort to instruct Pontius on how to make good engravings after his paintings, an activity that Rubens considered very important. The young Pontius went on to become one of the most successful interpreters of Rubens's work through engravings.

Exhibitions
Recent Additions to the Drawings Collection (August 3 to October 1, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 3 to October 1, 1999, (Cat.)
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000, (Cat.)
Between Heaven and Earth: Images of Christ and the Virgin (March 19 to June 29, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 19 to June 29, 2003, (Cat.)
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings (September 14, 2004 to April 3, 2005)
  • Albertina, (Vienna), September 14 to December 5, 2004, (Cat. by A.-M. Logan, et al. Albertina Cat. no. 96, see also p. 105; Metropolitan Cat. no. 53, see also p. 15. 96/53)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), January 14 to April 3, 2005, (Cat. by A.-M. Logan, et al. Albertina Cat. no. 96, see also p. 105; Metropolitan Cat. no. 53, see also p. 15. 96/53)
Rubens and his Printmakers (July 5 to September 24, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 5 to September 24, 2006, (Cat.)
Himmlisch-Herrlich-Hofisch (September 20 to January 11)
  • Museum Kunst Palast, (Düsseldorf), September 20, 2008 to January 11, 2009, (Cat.)
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015, (Cat.)