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Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
 
 
Author
Mark Lamster.
Publisher Nan A. Talese  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780385523790
Pages/Publication Date 316/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13676
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Peter Paul Rubens is best remembered as the Flemish baroque painter with a penchant for fleshy, pink nudes, whose popularity was only exceeded, finally, by that of Rembrandt van Rijn. In his time however, Rubens had no equal, and his artistic genius, bolstered by a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite among monarchs and political leaders across Europe. In this entertaining study of Rubens and the diplomatic assignments he undertook—including his negotiations in the 1620s for peace between England and Spain—arts and culture critic Mark Lamster vividly re-creates the culture, religious conflicts, and political intrigues of his time.

"Imagine that Pablo Picasso, in addition to painting the most famous masterpieces of the 20th century, had also devoted decades of his life to secret diplomacy aimed at preventing another world war. That is exactly what Peter Paul Rubens, the most revered painter of his era, did in 17th-century Europe. Mark Lamster tells this little-known story with a combination of brio and historical erudition.... I couldn't put it down."—Susan Jacoby

 
 
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