Date: Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 May 2021
Times: 14.00-17.00 each day
Location: Zoom (online)
Next May, the Wallace Collection will host a major conference drawing together an international panel of eminent conservators and scholars. The conference is the first in many years to focus exclusively on Rubens as a landscape painter and his two masterpieces of landscape, A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning and The Rainbow Landscape - reunited in the associated exhibition - will be the primary focus of our discussion.
The first day will explore Rubens’s own distinctive creative methods and compositional approach, including recent technical analyses of three of Rubens’s most famous landscape compositions. The second day will explore the broader art historical context of Rubens’s late landscapes, the inspiration he took from his beloved country estate ‘Het Steen’, the generative forces of Nature he delighted in observing, as well as the earlier visual sources he emulated.
The conference will also address the wider impact and legacy of Rubens’s compositions on the development of landscape painting, particularly in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, while also tracing the trajectory of Het Steen and The Rainbow Landscape from Rubens’s lifetime to the foundation years of the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection.
Full programme to follow. Ticket booking will open in early 2021. To receive notification of when tickets go on sale, please register your interest here.
This conference is generously supported by the Monument Trust.
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