Master of Shadows

Master of Shadows

The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens

Book - 2009
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Master of Shadows weaves a gripping drama of 17th-century cloak-and-dagger diplomacy with an insightful, authoritative exploration of Peter Paul Rubens' art and the private passions that influenced it.
Publisher: New York : Nan A Talese/Doubleday, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385523790
Branch Call Number: 759.9493 R823L 2009
Characteristics: xvi, 316 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, (some color), map, portraits ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Rubens, Peter Paul 1577-1640


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Dec 15, 2017

Great history.
Good insight into Ruben's balancing act.
Exceptional man, artist, intellect, 98% honest
If for the art, lacking somewhat.
If for history, wow.
If for politics, excellent.
If for a gripping read, ok.
You'll be privy to another side of a great painter living 400 years ago.

From a retired art/design professor

Dec 05, 2017

An interesting book about the unknown facet of one of the best painters of history. Rubens, famous for his large and vivid compositions, took inspiration from his days as ambassador and politician, times in which he developed his taste and grandeur.

There is a line that exposes the main point of this book: "Rubens had spent a lifetime working to establish peace in Europe, and his paintings of war were meditations on it's awful costs, rather than bellicose arguments for aggression."

A man with a double high life: a man that reached the zenit of both, the art of painting and the art of social and political intelligence.

Aug 13, 2011

Nice idea, but flawed execution. What it does provide is a good overview of international politics at the time.


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