A Rubens Curator Shows Us Why the Painter was the Original Art Celebrity

Long before Andy Warhol canonized the Campbell’s Soup Can with his silkscreens or before Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works became the stuff of Uniqlo T-shirts , there was Peter Paul Rubens — the artist who not only popularized the full-formed figure in art, but who was also an entrepreneur, diplomat, social networker, and shrewd businessman. A newly-opened survey of Rubens’ early works at the de Young Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco sheds light on how Rubens’ social connections, diplomacy, and will to shock his audience allowed him global fame in his day and an enduring legacy

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