Item Number: 144432
Title: RUBENS and the Eloquence of Drawing
Author: Lusheck, Catherine H
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Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 355pp. illus.
Summary: Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing re-examines the early graphic practice of the preeminent northern Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577Ė1640) in light of early modern traditions of eloquence, particularly as promoted in the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Flemish, Neostoic circles of philologist, Justus Lipsius (1547Ė1606). Focusing on the roles that rhetorical and pedagogical considerations played in the artistís approach to disegno during and following his formative Roman period (1600Ė08), this volume highlights Rubensís high ambitions for the intimate medium of drawing as a primary site for generating meaningful and original ideas for his larger artistic enterprise. As in the Lipsian realm of writing personal letters Ė the humanist activity then described as a cognate activity to the practice of drawing Ė a Senecan approach to eclecticism, a commitment to emulation, and an Aristotelian concern for joining form to content all played important roles. Two chapter-long studies of individual drawings serve to demonstrate the relevance of these interdisciplinary rhetorical concerns to Rubensís early practice of drawing. Focusing on Rubensís Medea Fleeing with Her Dead Children (Los Angeles, Getty Museum), and Kneeling Man (Rotterdam, Boymans-van Beuningen Museum), these close-looking case studies demonstrate Rubensís commitments to creating new models of eloquent drawing and to highlighting his own status as an imitable maker. Demonstrating the force and quality of Rubensís intellect in the medium then most associated with the closest ideas of the artist, such designs were arguably created as more robust pedagogical and preparatory models that could help strengthen art itself for a new and often troubled age.
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