The artist and piece I chose to write about is; Peter Paul Rubens Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus created in 1617 and is located at Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
Peter Paul Rubens paintings caught my attention as I thought they were quite intriguing. I was first astonished at how mature the paintings were. I did not expect to see something as graphic from back in the Baroque era. Ruben’s pieces are quite mature in nature and very much based on the beauty of the human body. His detail that he puts into the figure of these people is exquisite. In the Baroque era there was quite a bit of hardship. During this time it was normal for men to like there women bigger, or as we say these days, full figured. These women were considered to be a signal of prosperity. It is said that Rubens is a master of voluptuous. What caught my eye was how detailed Rubens work is. The paintings are that of exactly what the image of a human body looks like.
The particular piece I am analyzing is the Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus. I think the main feature that caught my eye about this piece was the title, Rape. I looked into the meaning behind this painting to better understand the piece. The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus is from Greek mythology. It is said that the two daughters of Leucippus, Phoebe and Hilaeira, were betrothed to the set of twin cousins, Castor and Pollux. The forcibly abducted the two daughters, raped them, and later married them. Because of this horrific situation, Leucippus sent two of his nephews to kill the two cousins and save his daughters. Therefore, in the painting by Peter Rubens, you see two women, Leucippus’ daughters, being seized by two armed warriors, Leucippus’ nephews. This painting is just one of his many vigorous, earthly works of art.
Peter Rubens was definitely influenced by royalty. Besides being a painter he was a classically-educated humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, king of Spain, and Charles I, king of England. Before his paintings started flourishing he traveled all around Europe with his trip financed by the Duke. His pieces of art were influenced by many popular artists. Rubens compositions and coloring of his paintings were influenced mostly by both Veronese and Tintoretto. It was Titian who was the influence of Rubens mature style paintings. Along with these influential artists, Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio also had a great impact on Rubens career. He traveled to learn about art as well as with diplomatic missions, thus his influence of royalty. Rubens work also has connections to the influence of the Council of Trent. The Council of Trent was convened because of the counter-reformation which wanted art to move away from Mannerism and have more clarity, realism, and emotion. It should contain religious virtues and ideas. Peter Paul Rubens is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.
Peter Paul Rubens was a great artist with great detail. His pieces are very interesting and quite intriguing. I would suggest everyone to take a look at his artwork, it is truly magnificent. I have included a picture of the piece Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus and a link to his other works is; http://www.peterpaulrubens.org/the-complete-works.html. You may even view a slide show of his work at; http://www.peterpaulrubens.org/slideshow.html. Hope you enjoy!