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Monday 4 February 2019



Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was one of the greatest draughtsmen and colourists of western art.  A master of the international Baroque style, his best-known works conveyed a series of complex religious and political narratives through intimate and insightful portraits.  He dominated the arts in Antwerp, itself enjoying a cultural flourishing under its Spanish Hapsburg rulers. 

Led by Dr Hugh Maguire (also leading our tour The Court & the City: Brussels & Antwerp), and with reference to architecture, sculpture and painting, and the work of Rubens in particular; we will marvel at the burst of creative energy that transformed the city of Antwerp and its legacy to this day.

Held at the Linnean Society with coffee on arrival from 10.30am; two morning lectures (beginning at 11am) will be followed by an afternoon visit to The National Gallery and, access permitting, also to Banqueting House in order to see Rubens’ magnificent ceiling.  

  • Included: Coffee on arrival, two lectures, accompanied visit to the National Gallery and (access permitting) to Banqueting House
  • Not included: Travel to/from London, lunch
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