By Ian Barras Hill

ISBN-10: 0831706902

ISBN-13: 9780831706906

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Peter Paul Rubens Rubens and Isabella Brant in the honeysuckle bower, 1609 Canvas, 178 x 136 cm Munich, Alte Pinakothek This painting commemorates Rubens' marriage to a woman about whom he wrote was, "without vices and was all goodness and sincerity". Of all the portraits done by Rubens this selfportrait is among the most arresting and psychologically profound. His wife has doubts, but he knows himself to be the master of his world. Rubens travelled extensively on diplomatic missions during which he painted the ceilings of palaces.

Sincerity of an Can we artist who painted the wealthy classes as deser- ving and inoffensive beneficiaries of a nation's heritage? |>*^#^ -X. v"^- #' 37. The Thomas Gainsborough moniiii^ u\ilk. 1783 Canvas, 236 x 178 cm London, National Gallery Gainsborough was renowned tor his stylish character-revealing portraits in which he chronicled the many faces of 18th century England - aristocrats, soldiers, statesmen, landowners, musicians and theatre folk. He painted over 700 in his lifetime. His best portraits are ot women, and have about them and subtle nuances ot colour and light.

X. v"^- #' 37. The Thomas Gainsborough moniiii^ u\ilk. 1783 Canvas, 236 x 178 cm London, National Gallery Gainsborough was renowned tor his stylish character-revealing portraits in which he chronicled the many faces of 18th century England - aristocrats, soldiers, statesmen, landowners, musicians and theatre folk. He painted over 700 in his lifetime. His best portraits are ot women, and have about them and subtle nuances ot colour and light. This elegant, upper class couple out tor a stroll, are the newlyweds.

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