Large projects for royal orders
by Peter Paul RUBENS

From the early 1620s Rubens was charged with royal orders from France and Spain for large and integrated projects: the Medici series (1622—25), the Constantine series (1622—23), the Henry IV series (1625—28) and the series of the Eucharist (1625-27). The new energy of the High-Baroque must have seemed a very suitable medium with which to express the pursuit of magnificence and self-glorification of absolute monarchs. At the same time a new source of inspiration made its entry into Rubens's art: allegorical personification and typological association with Graeco-Roman mythology enabled the propagandist significance of these compositions to be made even more explicit. The numerous scenes in the Medici series (Paris, Louvre) are the first and perhaps the most striking examples of this propagandist blend of history and myth in Rubens's oeuvre.



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The Landing of Marie de Médicis at Marseilles
1623-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 295 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Landing of Marie de Médicis at Marseilles (detail)
1623-25
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Meeting of Marie de Médicis and Henri IV at Lyon
1622-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 295 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Capture of Juliers
1622-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 295 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Happiness of the Regency
1623-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 295 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de Médicis on May 14, 1610
1623-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 727 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de Médicis on May 14, 1610 (detail)
1623-25
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency of Marie de Médicis on May 14, 1610 (detail)
1623-25
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Marie de Médicis as Bellona
1622-25
Oil on canvas, 276 x 149 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Fates Spinning Marie's Destiny
1622-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 153 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Triumph of Truth
1622-25
Oil on canvas, 394 x 160 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Triumphal Entry of Henry IV into Paris
1627-30
Oil on canvas, 380 x 692 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence



Summary of works by Rubens
Religious themes
until 1616 | 1617-20 | 1620s | 1630s
Altarpieces in Antwerp Cathedral | Biblical scenes
Mythological themes
until 1614 | 1614-29 | 1630s
Large royal projects | Allegorical themes
Portraits
until 1629 | 1630s
Miscellaneous
Landscapes | Hunting and other themes
Graphic works | Architecture



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