press release

This exhibition will be the first major retrospective in the U.S. devoted to the drawings of the great Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. It will bring together 115 of his finest and most representative drawings from European and American public and private collections. On view will be more than 30 sheets, many of them intimate portraits of Rubens’s immediate family and friends, from the world-renowned collection of the Albertina in Vienna. The exhibition will span Rubens’s entire career, demonstrating the full range of drawings techniques he exploited, in engaging biblical scenes, elegant portraits of noblemen and women, poignant animal studies, landscapes, copies after antique sculpture, and anatomical studies. Several sheets by earlier artists that Rubens retouched offer additional insight into his creative process.

The exhibition is made possible by the Government of Flanders and Fortis Bank. Additional support has been provided by The Schiff Foundation. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Albertina, Vienna. The exhibition catalogue is made possible by The Drue E. Heinz Fund. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): The Drawings
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor