Lens, 18 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
For its first major international exhibition, to start on 22 May 2013, it seemed natural the Louvre-Lens should pay tribute to its Northern origins and celebrate the great Flemish master, a multifaceted and European artist.
The exhibition will obviously present his artistic work, but also the context and period in which he used to live. Over 170 works by Rubens and some of his contemporaries, from the Louvre and other great European and American museums, illustrate this thematic tour, which aims to comprehend the context of Rubens’ dynamic creation, and translate his spectacular inspiration.
Rubens (1577-1640) was born near Cologne, and then settled in Antwerp after a long stay in Italy. He worked for the kings of Spain, England and France – he notably produced the impressive cycle devoted to the life of Marie de Medici, Queen of France, housed by the Louvre. He was also a diplomat, writer and dealer, and benefited from a high social position and fame. Delacroix nicknamed him “the Homer of painting”.