Rubens: Picturing Antiquity

Peter Paulus Rubens, “Jules César, en buste, tourné à droite.” © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre), photo by Michel Urtado.
November 10, 2021–January 24, 2022

The Louvre has loaned an exceptional drawing to the Getty Villa’s exhibition, “Rubens: Picturing, Antiquity. Presented amidst the antiquities collection at the Getty Villa, this exhibition juxtaposes the artist’s exhilarating drawings, oil sketches, and monumental paintings with rarely shown ancient objects, including exquisite gems owned by Rubens himself. Heroic nudes, fierce hunts, splendid military processions, and Bacchic revels attest to the artist’s extraordinary ability to translate an array of sources into new subjects.