Rubens’s Great Landscape with a Tempest


This book is not yet published, but will be available from March 2021.

ISBN: 9783777431772 Category:

Gerlinde Gruber


The Great Landscape with a Tempest in Vienna is one of Peter Paul Rubens’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 art-historical interpretation.

Evidently produced for pleasure, the Great Landscape remained in Rubens’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 rescued from the punishment of the floods. The restoration procedures and the complex composition and creation of the painting are discussed together with its art-historical classification. A consideration of Rubens’s portrayal of nature and thus the outstanding position of this work in European landscape painting round out the presentation.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 28 March 2021
Number of pages 200
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g