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March 10, 2005

'Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings'

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"In his day, he bestrode the art world like the proverbial Colossus," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Eric Gibson in his rapturous review of this show featuring 115 of the Flemish master's finest drawings, up through April 3 at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Rubens' paintings were often largely executed by his pupils; the drawings, in contrast, show nothing but the grace, mastery, and magic of the master's hand.

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Beauty, power, whispers of eternity all combine in this, the first major retrospective in the U.S. of Rubens' drawings.

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The works represent the finest sheets from over 40 public and private European, Russian and American collections, including more than 30 drawings from the world-renowned collection of the Albertina in Vienna.

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Reviewers from the New Yorker, New York Times, The Financial Times, and the Washington Post, among others, were equally floored by the mastery on display in this show.

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