Rubens and the Birth of the Baroque

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was one of the preeminent representatives of Baroque art flourished in Europe during the 17th century. Rubens and his studio pioneered a new style with a considerable number of paintings, and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries and artists of later generations. Rubens was also a skilled diplomat, who engaged in negotiations with royal courts throughout Europe.
exhibition focuses on Rubens’ relationship with Italy, where ancient and Renaissance art once thrived. Rome was also the center of Baroque art. Raised in Antwerp, Rubens became familiar with ancient culture as a child and had a special admiration for Italy. Beginning in 1600, he lived in the country intermittently for a period of eight years, and made great advances in his painting by studying the works he saw there. Along with Rubens’ own paintings, this exhibition presents ancient sculptures, and works by Italian artists from the 16th century and the Baroque era. While examining what Rubens learned from Italy, it will shed light on the artist’s ties to the Italian Baroque. This will be the largest display of Rubens’ art in recent years in Japan.


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    【Advance / Group】
    Adults 1,400yen
    College students 1,000yen
    High school students 600ye
    Adults 1,600yen
    College students 1,200yen
    High school students 800yen

    ※Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
    ※Visitors with physical disabilities admitted free with one accompanying adult (ID required).
    ※Group purchase: more than 20 people.
    ※Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Monday, 2 July until Monday, 15 October 2018. At the museum ticket office advance purchase tickets will be available from Tuesday, 3 July until Sunday, 13 October 2018.
    ※Early Bird Discount Tickets [Limited Time Only] , a pair of tickets for two admissions, will be on sale from Friday, April 27 until Sunday, July 1 2018 via Online Ticket.

    For more details, visit the official site.

  • Closed days

    Mondays (Except 24 December and 14 January) and 28 December-1 January, 15 January

  • Opening hours

    09:30〜17:30 ※Last entry 30 minutes before closing time ※Open until 20:00 every Friday and Saturday ※November 17 (9:30-17:30)
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