The Rubens exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, Pietro Paolo Rubens e la nascita del Baroccois (Peter Paul Rubens and the Birth of Baroque), is dedicated to the work of the celebrated Flemish artist, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), considered the precursor of European Baroque painting.
The exhibition emphasises Rubens’ influence on the younger Italian artists of the period, such as Pietro da Cortona, Bernini, Lanfranco and Luca Giordano. It also looks at the influence ancient art and 16th-century painting exerted on Rubens, comparing his paintings with works by the great Renaissance painters and other Baroque artists.
Following his classical debut, Rubens traveled through Italy and this proved fundamental to the development of an increasingly sophisticated and innovative artistic language. It was here that he was influenced by the works of the great artists of Venice, Mantua and Rome such as Michelangelo, Raphael, The Carracci, Caravaggio and Barocci.
The exhibition presents an extensive selection of important masterpieces by the artist, placed together in examples of classical sculpture, Renaissance art and the works of other artists of the Baroque period.