Peter Paul Rubens, The Union of England and Scotland, 1633-4, Oil on gessoed wood (oak) panel. via

The Royal Academy has tried to rescue Rubens from the Rubenesque. There are enough paintings in the show to satisfy those seriously attached to his amply built, callipygous nudes, but the main thrust of the exhibition is to show how very diverse Rubens’s work was and how much it influenced later artists. What is also striking is how the...

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