Rubens: The Two Great Landscapes is a handsomely illustrated monograph that examines in depth Ruben's two greatest landscape paintings: A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning and The Rainbow Landscape. Painted as pendants, the pair have been in England since 1803, when they were separated, the former eventually entering the collection of the National Gallery and the latter that of the Wallace Collection.
The book puts the creation of these two landscapes into the full context of Rubens's later life and his semi-retirement. it demonstrates how they are the zenith of his achievements as a landscape painter and explores how he drew skilfully on Flemish influences, including Bruegel, in creating two highly original compositions.
Lucy Davis is a specialist in Flemish painting, particularly Rubens, and has been curator of paintings at the Wallace Collection since 2011. She has curated two exhibitions, one on Murillo and the other on Reynolds, and was responsible for the hang of the new Dutch and Flemish galleries and the Great Gallery. She has published on a wide range of paintings and miniatures at the Wallace Collection, and has overseen a number of major conservation projects.