Every good artist creates a world of his own, but in Peter Paul Rubens’ case you could even say that he created his own universe. Dr. Nico Van Hout’s lecture will explore the vast panorama of Rubensian painters throughout four centuries. Without Rubens there would have been no Rococo or Romantic era, no Orientalism or Impressionism. Many artists were seduced by Rubens’ brilliance of color, by his composition or technique, using these as stepping-stones to their own artistic maturing.
After graduating in art history from the University of Ghent in 1989, Dr. Van Hout gained a certificate in the Restoration and Conservation of Paintings from the National Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1991. From 1994 to 1998, he worked as a researcher at the Rubenianum in Antwerp. Dr. Van Hout was involved in the research and restoration of the Oranjezaal in Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague in 1999. Since 2001, he has worked at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium where he is currently the Curator of Seventeenth Century Paintings. He gained his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven in 2005.
The Rubens Society comprises individuals and representatives from businesses whose annual Flint Institute of Arts membership contribution is $1,000 or above. By joining the Rubens Society, members provide valuable support for FIA operations.
The Rubens Society members are invited to three exclusive events each year. These include opportunities to meet internationally known figures from the art world, attend elegant dinners in Isabel Hall, and learn about remarkable private and public collections. Members have the opportunity to explore the visual arts in-depth in an interesting and informative way, enjoy stimulating discussions, and meet with those who share their abiding interest in the FIA and its place in this community. Rubens Society members receive all the benefits of membership including the FIA Magazine; free admission to temporary exhibitions, invitations to special events; discounts on classes, ticketed events, The Palette Café, Museum Shop purchases, and in the Art Sales and Rental Gallery; facility rental privileges, and inclusion in two reciprocal membership programs.