RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
The Three Graces1620-23
Oil on wood, 47 x 34 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence
Rubens is famous for his fat ladies, and these ample bodies are vibrantly expressive. What Rubens the antiquarian painted in this rapid and skillful oil sketch was his interpretation of an ancient relief.