With the wonderful background of the rooms on the noble floor of the Royal Palace in Milan, the exhibition Peter Paul Rubens and the birth of the Baroque displays more than 70 works (40 of which of the famous artist) coming from the most important international collections. In fact, the artist has always been inserted in a quite simplistic way in the ranks of the "Flemish painters", but his importance is attested at a European level and his close relationship with Italy has left deep marks in his style after the stay in the peninsula (1600-1608). The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the relationship of Rubens with the classical statuary and the ancient art in general, as well as his attention to the masters of the Renaissance, and especially to make know the influence of the Master on the young Italian artists of the Baroque as Bernini, Pietro da Cortona and Lanfranco, to name just a few.
Therefore along with some Rubens' monumental artworks, are also exhibited ancient sculptures and works of the great protagonists of the sixteenth century and the Baroque, thus creating a fascinating journey and highlighting the importance of Rubens for the birth of the Italian and European Baroque.
October 26, 2016 – February 26, 2017
Palazzo Reale – Piazza del Duomo, 12 (Milan).
The entrance to the exhibition is from Piazzetta Reale, Milan.
The ticket office closes one hour earlier.
Last admission booking for groups: one hour and a half before closing.
Available in Italian and English.
The audioguides can not be reserved and are not guaranteed for groups.
Visitors can store in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks.
The exhibition is accessible for disabled persons.
The exhibition is divided into four sections: the first is entitled "The world of Rubens" and is dedicated to the most intimate aspect of the painter, his family background and his artistic and intellectual personality that has definitely influenced his personal relationships with protectors or other artists of his time.
The second section is called "Saints like Heroes" and focuses mainly on the strong classical and hedonistic emphasis that the artist introduced in the painting of sacred subjects, making a comparison with works by Pietro da Cortona, as well as with those of the Venetian master Tintoretto, assured source of inspiration for Rubens.
"Fury of the brush" is the title of the third section that shows the energetic and impetuous style of the artist, and the brushwork full of movement which later will be typical of the Baroque and of artists such as Bernini and Lanfranco indeed.
The last section, "Myth Power", on one hand deals with the relationship between Rubens and the past, in particular the classical culture, thanks to the presence of important archaeological pieces such as the Farnese Hercules; on the other side it shows the importance of the contact with the work of his contemporaries, with whom in fact the Baroque style was rising.