The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC presents Rubens
It’s quite a coup for the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC: separated for over 130 years, Rubens’s beautiful portraits of the three Magi have finally been reunited by the American museum for a unique exhibition. Rubens, best known for his fleshy nude, also depicted a broad array of subjects, from religious and mythological scenes to landscapes and portraits.
Rubens was commissioned to paint these specific works around 1618 by his childhood friend Balthasar Moretus, who ran Plantin Press, Europe’s largest printing press. Fittingly, Moretus’s older brothers were named after the two other Magi.