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"Mio Amico": Brueghel and Rubens (lecture)

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2006
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below.

Learn about the unique working partnership of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder in this free afternoon lecture by David Freedberg, one of the foremost scholars of Flemish art. Freedberg will draw on his recollections of a renowned London collector to weave together the threads that bound art and politics in the age of Rubens and Brueghel.

The current exhibition Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship at the Getty Center explores how the two artists merged Rubens's sensuous and fluidly painted figures and Brueghel's elaborate landscapes populated with exotic creatures. Rubens and Brueghel lived near one another, visited each other's studios, and may have even carried panels back and forth to one another through the streets of Antwerp.

Freedberg, an expert on Rubens and Brueghel's lives, imagery, and historical period, will discuss the artists' relationship of reciprocal inspiration and how it can help us understand their complex paintings.

About David Freedberg
David Freedberg is a professor of art history at Columbia University, where he is also director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies. A specialist in Dutch, Flemish, French, and Italian painting of the 16th and 17th centuries, Freedberg is best known for his work on psychological responses to art, on iconoclasm and censorship, on the intersection of art and science in the age of Galileo, and on the paintings and drawings of Bruegel and Rubens. He is the author of The Prints of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens: The Life of Christ after the Passion, and The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, his Friends, and the Beginnings of Modern Natural History, among other books.