[Item #6214] The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series). C. V. Wedgewood, Peter Paul Rubens.
The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)
The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)
The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)
The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)
The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)

The World of Rubens, 1577-1640 (Time-Life Library of Art Series)

New York, NY: Time-Life Books, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover in Slipcase. “Peter Paul Rubens was that rarity, a great creative genius who also possessed every physical and psychological attribute necessary for private happiness and public success: good health, good looks, good intellect, abundant energy, a well-balanced temperament and, added to all this, a clear head for business.” (pg. 1) A holistic encounter with one of the biggest influences of the Baroque Period, The World of Rubens balances the historical and personal life of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), the Flemish painter, diplomat, classicist, antiquarian, and architect. While his name may have fallen away from the public sphere, Rubens was integral during the wake of the counter-reformation and created breathtaking historical and mythological pieces blending Flemish realism and classicism from the Italian High Renaissance. Dynamic and appropriately humanist, Rubens' work would influence three centuries past his death and many of his artistic staples would distinguish themselves as recurring characteristics of the Baroque visual art movement. From sketches to finished paintings, Rubens work is beautifully reproduced in full color and detail–featuring the beautiful Le Chapeau de Paille portrait on the front panel–and interwoven with insightful chapter-essays from recognized English historian, Dame C(icely) V(eronica) Wedgwood (1910-1997). Wedgwood was known for her ability to reconcile the drama of ordinary human life with the more poignant drama of the Historic Moment, making the people she writes about not just helpless actors in some grander event, but dare I say real people with experiences shaping them and the world they create. Wedgwood has earned a collection of accolades in both the United States and the United Kingdom due to her historical sympathy and expertise, including but not limited to: The James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Order of Orange-Nassau for her biography William the Silent (1938), honorary degrees from the Universities of Glasgow, Sheffield, and Harvard, the Goethe Medal in 1958, and was named Commander, Order of the British Empire, in 1956. The World of Rubens is an insightful addition to the Time-Life Library of Art series and an essential collectible for any lover of the Baroque. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art and books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in slipcase: Presumed First Edition and First Printing as not explicated at such at copyright page. Book is in Very Fine condition with minor markings on the front cover. Slipcase is considered Fine with some minor smudge markings on front and slight lifting of the lower right corner on the Le Chapeau de Paille portrait on front. Very Fine / (Slipcase) Fine. [Item #6214]

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