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4th March 2015

Twenty six of our members and their friends travelled to the Royal Academy in London to see the exhibition ‘Rubens and his Legacy - Van Dyke to Cezanne'. The exhibition brought together masterpieces produced by Peter Paul Rubens during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed.

Best known for his fleshy nude women, we were surprised to find out that Rubens also embraced a broad array of subjects, from religious, mythological and war scenes to landscapes and portraits. The exhibition was arranged  thematically in six rooms covering; power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence.

We saw the influence of Rubens in the portraiture of Van Dyck and Reynolds, in the hunting scenes and devotional works of Delacroix, and in the landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough, in the prints of Picasso and Rembrandt.

Our members were delighted to have the unprecedented opportunity to see masterpieces by Rubens from all corners of the world, side by side with works by his artistic heirs. It was a very enjoyable and satisfying day out.


Michaela Howard (webmaster)

March 2015


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