If you are in London over the summer, make sure you visit the Wallace Collection for the exhibition ''Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes''
For the first time in over two hundred years, Peter Paul Rubens
’s (1577-1640) two great masterpieces of landscape painting, 'The Rainbow Landscape' (The Wallace Collection) and 'A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning' (The National Gallery) are reunited as part of an exhibition which runs from 3 June to 15 August 2021.
Both paintings were originally part of Rubens’s own collection but were separated when they were brought to London in 1803.
‘The Rainbow Landscape’ went to the Wallace Collection, and ‘A View of het Steen in the Early Morning’ joined the National Gallery’s collection.
Painted as a companion pair, these sweeping panoramic works show Rubens’s manor house and estate, Het Steen, at Elewijt (between Brussels and Antwerp) as it was in about 1636.
Both paintings celebrate the fertile countryside and pay homage to the great Flemish tradition of landscape painting. The visitor to this exhibition will have a unique opportunity to experience these great paintings together and on their own, and to be immersed in their wealth of detail and ambitious scale.
The exhibition is in partnership with VISITFLANDERS