Discover the exhibition dedicated to Rubens: "Rubens! The Birth of European Painting." From October 7, 2023, to February 18, 2024, Fondazione Palazzo Te, Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, and Galleria Borghese di Roma come together in a project to pay homage to Pieter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640). An art exhibition dedicated to Rubens provides a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating world of this renowned Flemish painter, whose works became absolute highlights of the Baroque era. Rubens is celebrated for his artistic mastery, vibrant paintings, and dynamic compositions.
The painter is known for tackling a wide range of subjects, including mythology, history, portraits, and religious works. His paintings are rich in detail and demonstrate a profound understanding of human anatomy and perspective. His mastery of color is evident in vibrant tones and nuanced shades that breathe life and depth into his works. The compositions are often dynamic and full of movement, featuring figures in expressive poses and lively gestures.
Skillful use of light and shadow contributes to creating a sense of depth, volume, drama, and theatricality. Rubens was renowned for his swift and confident painting style, allowing him to produce a large number of paintings throughout his career. He also managed an active studio where he collaborated with assistants and students to meet the growing demand for his works.
Rubens and the city of Mantova share a significant historical and artistic connection. Pieter Paul Rubens had a profound influence on the art and culture of Mantova. He spent a significant period in Mantova between 1600 and 1608, in the service of Duke Vincenzo I Gonzaga. During his stay, he was involved in important artistic commissions for the Gonzaga court, creating impactful and beautiful paintings. One of the most famous works created by Rubens in Mantova is the painting "The Fall of Phaeton," which is now part of the collections of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova.
This painting represents a significant example of the artist's skill in creating dynamic and emotionally charged compositions. His presence in Mantova had a notable impact on the local art scene, influencing many Mantovan painters and artists. His works played a fundamental role in promoting the Baroque style in Mantova and contributed to enriching the city's artistic heritage. Today, Rubens' artistic legacy in Mantova can be admired through his works displayed in the city's museums and art galleries.
Mantova will host two of the three exhibitions dedicated to the painter Rubens: From October 7, 2023, to January 7, 2024, Palazzo Te in Mantova will host the exhibition "Rubens at Palazzo Te: Painting, Transformation, and Freedom." The exhibition focuses on the relationship between the Flemish painter and the mythological culture he encountered in Italy. Curated by Raffaella Morselli, the exhibition aims to establish a connection between the works and the decorations of the Palazzo, demonstrating how the painter harmonized with the Renaissance and Myth. From October 7, 2023, to January 7, 2024, Palazzo Ducale in Mantova will bring to life the exhibition "Rubens: The Altarpiece of the Holy Trinity," which centers on one of the painter's most majestic undertakings: the creation of three enormous canvases for the Church of the Holy Trinity, with one of the canvases still on display in the palace.
A key feature of the journey is the Archers' Hall, where a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Church of the Holy Trinity is displayed within the altarpiece.