Book Series Pictura Nova, vol. 23

The Drawings of Peter Paul Rubens, A Critical Catalogue, Volume Two (1609–1620)

Part One: Text and Part Two: Images

Anne-Marie Logan, Kristin Lohse Belkin

  • Pages:2 vols, 732 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:291 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2023



Anne-Marie Logan is a specialist in Rubens’s drawings and in those of his Flemish contemporaries, especially Van Dyck’s. She started her work on the present catalogue in 1972, collecting the vast amount of material that would go into a project of this scope. Her work resulted in two major exhibitions, Flemish Drawings in the Age of Rubens: Selected Works from American Collections, Wellesley College and Cleveland Museum of Art, 1993–94, and Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005, with a previous showing at the Albertina, Vienna. In addition, Dr. Logan published catalogues of the drawings and watercolors in the Yale University Art Gallery (1970) and the Detroit Institute of Arts (1987) as well as numerous articles and book and exhibition reviews on Rubens and 17th-century Flemish drawings.

Kristin Lohse Belkin is a Rubens specialist who has carried out extensive research on the artist. She is the author of a book on Rubens published by Phaidon in their Art & Ideas series (1998) and has contributed to the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard (1980 and 2009). In 2000 and 2004, respectively, she co-curated two exhibitions at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp: Images of Death: Rubens copies Holbein (with Carl Depauw) and A House of Art Rubens as Collector (with Fiona Healy). In addition, Dr. Belkin has written articles and lectured widely on Rubens and Flemish art.



The idea to prepare a catalogue of all the drawings by Peter Paul Rubens goes back to the 1970s, when Professors R.-A. d’Hulst and E. Haverkamp-Begemann decided to join forces in this endeavor. The drawings would be assembled chronologically rather than by themes as was the goal in the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard series. Anne-Marie Logan’s task was to begin gathering the necessary information and build up the catalogue. The project has now come to completion and will be published in the Pictura Nova series as volume XX. Envisioned are three separate volumes divided chronologically. All the drawings and corresponding paintings or oil sketches will be reproduced in color. Volume I begins with the copies by the thirteen-year old Rubens drawn in Antwerp, c. 1590, until the end of his sojourn in Italy as a twenty-three year old in October 1608, when he returns to Antwerp. Of the many copies after the Antique only the Rubens drawings that are still known will be discussed. For the lost ones the CRLB volume by Marjon van der Meulen Schregardus of 1994-95 should be consulted. Volume II discusses Rubens’s major Antwerp altarpieces of 1610-14, the Costume Book, the Title-pages, Portraits and Hunts, and ends with the decorations for the Antwerp Jesuit church St. Charles Borromaeus in 1620. Volume III starts with the Medici cycle, the Gem book, Landscapes and ends with Rubens’s large portrait with Helena Fourment and their young child, the Kermesse and the Garden of Love. Volume IV will include Addenda, Indices, and the sizeable number of rejected attributions to Rubens. Not included will be the retouched drawings that were so thoroughly discussed by Kristin Lohse Belkin in her Corpus Rubenianum volumes in 2009 and by Jeremy Wood in his Corpus Rubenianum volumes in 2010-11. Rubens’s Theoretical Notebook, destroyed in a fire in 1720, will only be discussed briefly with regard to the few sheets that have survived. The present catalogue raisonné is to be understood as an overview of Rubens’s drawings that is very much indebted to the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard volumes and complements them. The present publication also owes much to the two earlier catalogues on Rubens’s drawings by Ludwig Burchard and Roger-A. d’Hulst (1956 and 1963) and by Julius S. Held (1959 and 1986). Further valuable additions to the knowledge of Rubens as a draftsman were published by Justus Müller Hofstede and Michael Jaffé.


Part I: Text

Introduction to the Catalogue


Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640): Timeline 1609–1620

Catalogue Entries


PART II: Plates

Catalogue Illustrations



List of Illustrations

Index of Names

Photographic Credits



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