This fall 2017, the Musée du Luxembourg takes us as close as possible to the European princes from the 17th century.
Portraits of Princes is an exhibition running from October 4, 2017 to January 14, 2018 bringing together 65 portraits of princes painted by Rubens who – despite himself – has undoubtedly been a great court portraitist.
At that time, whilst painting a sovereign was the most prestigious order that a painter could receive, Peter Paul Rubens would rather paint great historical subjects but he excelled in the art of formal portrait and left the most superb courts in awe.
As the apprentice of Titian (who painted the famous portrait of Charles Quint and Philip II), Rubens quickly became one of the painters at the court of the Gonzaga in Mantua. In 1609, he returns to Antwerp where he paints the official portraits of the Habsburg princes before being called to Madrid to execute portraits of Philip IV and his family.
Valued for his erudition and his conversation, he also played a priceless diplomatic role, enjoying an unparalleled social status. It must be said that he perfectly knew the protocols, the rules to follow (level of idealization of the features of the model, symbols of power, importance of the outfit and the decorum) and he managed to measure out the right degree of flamboyance.
At the Musée du Luxembourg, 65 paintings by Rubens, portraits of Charles Quint, Louis XIII and Marie de Medici, the exhibition takes the visitor to the heart of the diplomatic schemes of the 17th century.
Rubens, Portraits of Princes at the Musée du Luxembourg
From October 4, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Venue: Musée du Luxembourg, 19 rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., every day, until 10 p.m. on Friday
Rates: €12, €8.5 (reduced), free for people under 16
From 4 October 2017 to 14 January 2018
Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris 6
RER B station "Luxembourg", ligne 4 station "Saint-Sulpice", ligne 12 station "Rennes"
-16 ans: Free
tarif réduit: 8,5 €
tarif normal: 12 €
From 10 years old
Horaires : 10h30-19h tous les jours, nocturne vendredi jusqu'à 22h
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