I’m talking thicc boat this month, people. We’re exploring the life and art of none other than Peter Paul Rubens. Maybe you know his art for his Rubenesque women or maybe even the drama-filled Marie de Medici cycle. Did you know he was also a successful diplomat that spoke several languages and painted for some of the most powerful people of his time?
Word on the street is he was really handsome too.
We’ll also dig up what we can about how he painted. For all the times we’ve talked about the techniques of the old master, we’ve never discussed what that actually is! Rubens was certainly well acquainted with these techniques and ran his own studio full of students and assistants.
Marie de Medici’s attitude is the reason her own set of paintings was never completed. 1622.
For the project, we pretty much have to draw some Rubenesque women. What I haven’t figured out yet is what kind of spin to put on it. Should we go nerd? Try adding some allegory? Would traditional painting techniques work in digital? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
We’ve been doing this all year, so don’t forget to check out our previous artist of the month!