The Four Evangelists (c. 1614) by Peter Paul Rubens

The Four Evangelists - Peter Paul Rubens - c.1614

Artwork Information

TitleThe Four Evangelists
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
Datec.1614
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions224 x 270 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationSchloss Sanssouci, Berlin
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About The Four Evangelists

The Four Evangelists is an artwork created in 1614 by the renowned artist Peter Paul Rubens. It can be found on USEUM, a virtual museum where one can view, enjoy and learn about great works of art. USEUM’s collection includes over 150,000 images that are organized into genres like landscape, still life and portraits. The painting depicts the four main figures from the Christian faith: John the Evangelist, Luke the Evangelist, Mark the Evangelist and Matthew the Evangelist. The scene is framed by a bright blue sky with clouds and mountains in the background.

Ruben’s style is visible in this painting through his use of vivid colors and attention to detail. He also gives his figures expression and movement to bring them to life. It serves as an example of his mastery of composition and his skill at bringing a religious figure to life with emotion.

Continuing his exploration of religion themed art, Rubens painted The Arrival Of Marie De’ Medici At Marseilles 1622-26 which depicted Marie de’ Medici entering Marseilles after her exile from Florence based on events related in Niccolo Machiavelli’s book History Of Florence. Once again Rubens’s mastery of light, color and movement can be seen in this masterpiece showing us how he stayed consistent throughout all of his subject matter whether it was religious or secular inspired issues.

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