This exhibition and catalogue celebrates the most gifted, inventive and eccentric amateurs of the 18th and early 19th centuries with a selection of drawings, engravings and portraits gathered from Soane's collection and other museums, archives and private houses around the country. More
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Rubens's 'Massacre of the Innocents' in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario
200 pages, jacketed paperback, 280 x 240 mm, 148 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 903470 81 7
By David Jaffe
The recent rediscovery of Rubens’s Massacre of the Innocents offers an important opportunity to reassess the painter’s early career. Of Rubens’s works immediately following his return to Antwerp in 1608, it is the most assured, achieving a remarkable complexity both compositionally and emotionally
David Jaffé, Senior Curator at the National Gallery, London, considers the work in its context, discussing the numerous sources and influences – both visual and literary – from which Rubens drew. He also compares it to contemporary works by the artist, such as the London National Gallery’s Samson and Delilah, and publishes new research illuminating the career and profile of the Massacre’s first owner, the Milanese merchant resident in Antwerp Jacopo Carenna.
In association with the Thomson Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario and Skylet.
Until recently, the Dutch draughtsman Johannes Thopas, who was born in 1626 both deaf and dumb, was only known to a small group of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors. However, his remarkable, subtle and technically refined portrait drawings on parchment deserve a wider audience. This handsome publication, the first devoted to his work, will prove to be an eye opener for many art lovers. More