Ontario Art Gallery Presents ExhibitEarly rubens". The exhibition includes works created by the Flemish artist in the period from 1609 to 1621, many of which have never been seen before in North America. The exhibition introduces such masterpieces as “The Head of the Medusa” (from the Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic) and “Hunting the Boar” (Marseille Museum of Fine Arts), complementing the treasures from the AGO collection: “Beating the Babies” and “Raising the Cross”.
This period of time was significant both for the development of Rubens as an artist, and for the revival of Antwerp. The master’s return to Antwerp in 1608 after eight years of study in Italy coincided with the relative peace period of the city destroyed by the war. The painter’s return home was marked by professional success - he was appointed a court painter by the Archduke of Austria, in less than two years he built a studio and established himself as the most famous artist in Western Europe.