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Rubens and the Baroque


The Courtauld Gallery houses an important collection of 17th century paintings with works by Claude and Van Dyck.

At its heart is a world-class collection of paintings by Rubens, assembled by Count Antoine Seilern. This includes his enchanting Landscape by Moonlight and the tender family portrait of his friend Jan Brueghel the Elder.

The collection features examples of Ruben’s sketches and preparatory works, such as The Descent from the Cross, which offer unique insights into the mind of this great Baroque master

Highlights from the collection

Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder

by Peter Paul Rubens

This tender portrait celebrates family and friendship. In it Rubens portrays his dear friend Jan Brueghel the Elder, with his wife and children.

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