History 81e Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Scholar, Diplomat, Artist: Research Seminar




An investigation of how 21st-century responses to artworks by Rubens may relate to the development of historical understanding. The seminar will investigate the tensions between the specificity of Rubens’s artworks and other actions, and broader patterns and conventions of behavior in art, politics, and the western European social fabric more generally in the first half of the 17th century. Students will examine artworks associated with Rubens, including paintings, drawings, prints, and illustrated books in Harvard and Boston collections.

Expected to be given in 2012–13.