Self-portrait(detail) Uffici, Florence

1. Peter Paul Rubens was born in Siegen en Westphalia (now Germany) at the end of which century?


After studying with Tobias Verhaecht and Adam van Noort, Rubens worked and studied in the workshop of  Otto van Veen.  He then went to Italy where he studied the works of the Renaissance painters, works of the antiquity and of the School of Bologna.

Descent - Elevation
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2. Rubens became a master of __________?_____ art, which uses the diagonal as the strongest way to express the dynamism of a subject.  Typical also is the manner in which the characters seem to come out of the frame of the picture (as in the second picture "Elevation"

a- the Renaissance
b- Baroque
c- Rocaille

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3. Three painters influenced Rubens the most: Michelangelo,  Raphaël  and the realism of one of his contemporaries, a master of the chiaroscuro (light and dark) ______.

a- Caravaggio
b- Titian
c- de Vinci


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4. After the death of his mother, Rubens stayed in Antwerp and married  Isabella Frant.   He was immediately successful as an artist.  His painting reflect the way of painting of the School of Bologna, which give their paintings the aspect of "living pictures", arranged in a harmonious manner.I

Who are the people in the painting above?

a- Nobles of Antwerp
b- the king and queen of France
c- Rubens and his wife

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5.  Even the great masters had to paint what their "patrons" asked them.   Rubens thus painted a lot of religious scenes, but even in these works, Rubens painted the beauty of nature through it's human or animal form.

Who is represented with his foot on the dragon?

a- St. Peter
b- St. Michael
c- St. George

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the Blessing of Peace

6. In his paintings, Rubens mixes nudes of gods, nymphs, satyrs, saints, and these scenes are often in contrast with the religious subject which he interprets.

What does this painting represent?

a- a biblical scene
b- an allegory
c- a historical scene

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7.Which animals surround this person?

a- tigers
b- bears
c- lions

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8.How is this lion hunt done?

a- on foot
b- by chariot
c- on horseback

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9.  Rubens is famous for his voluptuous nudes.  Who are the ladies in these paintings?

a-  the Three Graces of the Arts
b-  the Three Ladies of Avignon
c-  the Three Magi

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10. This portrait is called "the Little Fur"  Who is it of?

a- One of the Muses
b- Rubens' second wife
c- Diane the Huntress

 Artquizz on the Baroque period

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Art Archive
The Elevation of the Cross c. 1610-11
Central panel of triptych altarpiece
462 x 341 cm, Cathedral, Antwerp

The Descent from the Cross 1611-14
Oil on panel
(Central panel of triptych altarpiece)
420 x 310 cm, Cathedral, Antwerp

Virgin and Child enthroned with saints c. 1627-8
Sketch for a large altar painting; Oil on wood
80.2 x 55.5 cm (31 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.)
Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Allegory on the blessings of peace 1629-30
Oil on canvas 203.5 x 298 cm (80 1/8 x 117 1/4 in.)
National Gallery, London
Peter and Paul

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Time line: Art history 1600-1700



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JCLS 6/2001