Rubens's Great Landscape with a Tempest: Anatomy of a Masterpiece
The Great Landscape with a Tempest in Vienna is one of Peter Paul Ruben's largest and most dramatic landscapes. Starting from the far reaching discoveries during the latest restoration, the volume provides a comprehensive insight into the process of creation of this fascinating picture as well as its iconography.
Evidently produced for pleasure, the Great Landscape remained in Ruben's possession until his death. As the restoration has shown, Rubens changed the painting several times and only added the story of Philemon and Baucis at the end. The poor elderly couple were the only ones to offer Jupiter and Mercury hospitality and were thus spared by the gods.
The restoration procedures and the complex composition and creation of the painting are discussed together with its art historical classification. Reflections on Lucas Van Uden, who worked in Ruben's studio producing drawings and smaller painted versions of the master's landscapes, complete this study.