Peter Paul Rubens and the Master Engravers of Antwerp
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) is one of the greatest names in European art history. The prints made according to his templates contributed to the fame Rubens enjoyed throughout Europe. The artist collaborated with several prominent printmakers over the course of his life, all of whom made works of great artistic value under his supervision. The most highly respected master engravers who worked with Rubens include Lucas Vorsterman, Paulus Pontius, and Schelte à Bolswert. Prints were made during Rubens’ lifetime even without his agreement, and their number increased even more after his death. Although these works are often artistically noteworthy, only those prints made under Rubens’ supervision have that true “stamp of originality”. In this print room exhibition, we are pleased to present a selection of these remarkable artworks to the National Gallery’s visitors.
Curator: Dalibor Lešovský