A customer to the Antwerp residence of Peter Paul Rubens observed that it was full of Greek and Roman statues the painter even labored though listening to an assistant browse from the Roman historian Tacitus. Now “Rubens: Picturing Antiquity,” an exhibition opening Nov. 10 at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, exhibits just how substantially the classics helped to shape a person of Europe’s best artists.
Born in 1577, Rubens was elevated in Antwerp, now part of Belgium, and commenced his coaching there. At age 23 he went to Italy, where he invested the next eight yrs learning the art of antiquity as well as a lot more modern masters like Michelangelo and Titian and contemporaries like Caravaggio. By the time he returned to Antwerp in 1608, classical statuary in tow, he was accomplished more than enough to be appointed the major court docket painter of the Spanish Netherlands.