Peter Paul Rubens and the birth of the Baroque.
Milan’s central Palazzo Reale is hosting an exhibition underlining the influence of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens on the early exponents of the baroque period with 70 artworks, including 40 by the great artist.
The exhibition emphasizes Rubens’ influence on younger Italian artists such as Pietro da Cortona, Bernini, Lanfranco and Luca Giordano, leading artists of the Baroque. It focuses also on the influence exercised on Rubens by ancient art. Some of Rubens’ paintings are compared with ancient sculptures and works by great Renaissance painters.
Rubens spent several years in two visits to Italy, and was so taken by the art he saw here that he ever afterwards signed himself “Pietro Paulo Rubens”, and said how he wished to return, which unfortunately he was unable to do. But his experience in Genoa, Mantua, Venice and Rome had a lasting effect on his work – an effect which was reciprocated by his Italian admirers.
The paintings and statues in this exhibition have been loaned by the collections of the National Museum of Prado, the St Petersburg's Hermitage, the Gemäldegalerie of Berlin and the Principality of Liechtenstein, as well as several major Italian galleries.