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From Drawings and Oil into Print: Rubens' Retouched Drawings and Oil Sketches Preparatory for Prints

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Michiel Plomp, chief curator of art, Teylers Museum, explores how Rubens made prints of his most successful paintings in order to protect his work from rivals, expand his network of patrons, and increase his fame. Plomp's lecture closely follows the translation of the compositions of original altarpieces to smaller prints, elucidating a fascinating aspect of Ruben's ingenuity.

This lecture complements the exhibition Rubens and His Printmakers, which explores the close working relationship between Rubens and his printmakers. Rubens saw the process of reproducing his works as one involving both collaboration and control. While he closely supervised the copying of his work, he encouraged his artists to develop new methods to reproduce the subtleties of his style. In attempting to meet Rubens' strict demands, his printmakers contributed significantly to the development of Western printmaking techniques. The display's key theme of collaboration offers a supporting dialogue to the exhibition Rubens and Brueghel: A Working Friendship.

Drunken Silenus / Suyderhoef after Rubens

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