Catherine Lusheck
Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing


Peter Paul Rubens, Detail, Three Sketches for Medea and Her Children, c. 1600-04, pen and brown ink, 296 x 439 mm. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (inv. 84.GA.959 verso). Credit:  Image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.







This lecture addresses the formative drawings practice of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) in light of the artist's early commitments to graphic eloquence, eclecticism and emulation, particularly as expressed in the philosophical and epistolary spheres of northern philologist, Justus Lipisus (1547-1606). The talk will particularly focus closely on how one drawing, the Getty's Medea Fleeing with Her Dead Children, exemplifies Rubens's rhetorical approach to drawing and his growing ambitions for creating new and more conceptually robust models of disegno for his larger artistic enterprise.

Catherine Lusheck is Associate Professor and Director of the Art History/Arts Management Program at the University of San Francisco, specializing in northern Baroque art and the drawings of Rubens. She has received awards from CASVA, the Belgian-American Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her forthcoming book, Rubens and the Eloquence of Drawing, will be published in spring by Routledge/Ashgate.



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