Self-portrait of Peter Paul Rubens

Superstar of the Baroque: Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a superstar even during his lifetime. He is still considered to be the most important Flemish painter of the Baroque period. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna has 40 paintings of the master and his workshop. These include intensely colorful main works filled with figures, such as the giant altar paintings for the Jesuit church in Antwerp, as well as more intimate depictions, such as the "The Fur" (an illustration of Ruben's second wife Hélène Fourment), the "Head of Medusa" or Rubens' late self-portrait.

For the exhibition "Peter Paul Rubens: The Power of Transformation", numerous international loan works (including from the Prado in Madrid and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg) were obtained, enabling more than 120 works by Rubens to be seen: Drawings, oil sketches, panel paintings and large canvases. The content focuses on the painter's creativity. Rubens understood like nobody else how to use the works of other people for his own creations. The dialog with artworks of his famous predecessors and contemporaries engaged Rubens throughout his lifetime and left its mark on his 50 years of work. The show will therefore also present sculptures from the ancient world and the Renaissance, as well as works by Titian and Caravaggio, which Rubens took as examples from which to develop his idiosyncratic and radically new visual formulas.

Peter Paul Rubens: The Power of Transformation

17 October 2017 - 21 January 2018

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202)
      Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

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The KHM is open daily in December 2017 for the Rubens exhibition!

Video: Rubens - Kraft der Verwandlung

English subtitles can be shown in the key/by the settings at bottom right.

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