For the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640), drawing was a fundamental activity.
Ranging from delightful renderings of children and elegant portraits of noblemen and women to vigorous animal studies and beautiful landscapes, Rubens's drawings are renowned for their superb quality and variety.
This exquisite Baroque art history book presents - in beautiful full-colour reproductions - more than one hundred of the finest and most representative of Rubens's drawings, from private and public collections around the world.
Essays by Anne-Marie Logan and Michiel C. Plomp provide overviews of Rubens's career as a draftsman and of the dispersal of his drawings among collectors after his death.
The authors of this art history book about the Baroque artist discuss the various functions of Rubens's drawings as preparatory studies for paintings, sculpture, architecture, prints, and book illustrations.
The volume also includes a sampling of the artist's early anatomical studies and copies after antique sculpture as well as several sheets by other artists that Rubens retouched, restored, or reworked.
This art history book is one of many art books available from the National Gallery, which include art history books, art exhibition catalogues and gift books.