18th century French School-Holy Family after the work of Rubens (1614)
Our painting resumes with talent the work painted in 1614 by Rubens exposed today at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp.
Canvas 35 cm by 30 cm.
Beautiful frame of the eighteenth, entirely carved and gilded to the leaf, 50 cm by 44 cm
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
The original work was painted in 1614 in Antwerp, once returned from his trip to Italy (1600-1608)
In 1610, Rubens moved to a new house, a palace he had built and where he lived for much of his life, the Rubenshuis, now a museum. The villa, of Italian influence, houses his studio where he and his apprentices produce most of the artist's paintings, and which also houses his personal art collection and one of the largest libraries in Antwerp. During this period, he developed his workshop by welcoming many students and assistants. His best-known pupil is Antoine van Dyck, who quickly became the leading Flemish portraitist and frequently collaborates with Rubens. He also works with several other artists active in the city, including the animal painter Frans Snyders who helps to make the eagle in the painting Prometheus tortured, but also his excellent friend, the flower painter Jan Brueghel the Elder.
San Sebastian rescued by the angels painted after 1604, at the Rubenshuis.
Rubens also builds another house north of Antwerp in the village of Doel, next to the church. This house, called De Hooghuis (the big house), was built between 1613 and 1643, and is undoubtedly an investment.
It was during this period that Rubens composed masterpieces such as The Erection of the Cross (1610) and The Descent from the Cross (1611-1614) for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Antwerp, paintings that contribute to to make Rubens a Flemish painter of the first order shortly after his return. The Erection of the Cross, for example, illustrates the artist's synthesis of The Crucifixion of Tintoretto for the Scuola Grande of San Rocco in Venice and the dynamic characters of Michelangelo. This work is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of Baroque religious art.