FrontRunners: Peter Paul Unplugged

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He was a successful businessman and a diplomat who spoke six languages, but Peter Paul Rubens is best known, of course, for his prodigious output of Baroque art. Demand for the master’s work was so great that he kept up with it only by employing numerous assistants to translate his sketches to canvas or tapestry. Even during Rubens’ lifetime, these sketches were collectors’ items, prized for their originality and for the insights they provided into the artist’s creative process.

Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens is the first exhibition devoted to Rubens’ sketches ever to appear in North America. Among the exhibit’s 43 pieces are the artist’s preliminary depictions of The Three Graces, Samson and Delilah, and The Elevation of the Cross. The show runs through January 30 at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in Greenwich, Conn. (203.869.0376, www.brucemuseum.org), before it travels to the University of California, Berkeley, in the spring and then moves on to the Cincinnati Art Museum next summer.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…