A draughtsman of extraordinary imagination, energy and skill, Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) was the leading Flemish exponent of baroque painting and the most successful international artist of the seventeenth century, producing works for several of Europe’s crowned heads. A new display at Tate Britain explores this artist’s connections with Britain’s monarchy and court through a group of key works including significant loans.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, ‘The Apotheosis of James I and Other Studies: Multiple Sketch for the Banqueting House Ceiling, Whitehall’ c.1628–30
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
The Apotheosis of James I and Other Studies: Multiple Sketch for the Banqueting House Ceiling, Whitehall c.1628–30
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