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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The Night scene is oil on canvas painting by Peter Paul Rubens created in the years 1616-1617. The painting has a Baroque theme. The pane is inspired by the Caravaggio style, whose work Rubens had seen in Italy.

The Caravaggio style is characterised by its unpolished naturalism and exhilarating light effects. In the painting, an aged lady stare ahead, protecting her eyes from the candlelight, while the lad behind her holds his candle ready to be lit. This painting remained in Ruben’s ownership until his demise for it was not meant for sale. It is possible he used it in his studio as a learning tool for his students. Night scene today resides at Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

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Peter is known for his influential Flemish baroque tradition artist. Here are some of his art works made from oil on panel and in Baroque styles like Night Scene: Elevation of the cross, Descent from the cross, and Samson and Delilah. The artists who inspired Rubens, and those inspired by him.

Peter Paul Rubens went to Antwerp to study at the Flemish school. He specialized in Greek and Latin. He learnt to value classicism and arts, which became the main inspiration in his artistic style. Tobias Verhaecht was a mannerist artist specializing in landscapes. He was Ruben’s first mentor helping in the growth of his love for landscapes. Adam van Noort was also one of Ruben’s inspirations.

He was a classical painter who majored in the religious subject matter.Otto Van Veen had the greatest persuade on Rubens concerning his subject and style theme. Van Veen’s specialty was historical works and the Italian renaissance. When he was touring Italy, Rubens developed an admiration for Titian’s subjects and styles. Rubens came across Titian’s work in King Philip II gallery, which became an inspiration to many of his works. Rubens also came across Caravaggio’s work in Italy and took an ardent interest in his realistic styles.

Regarding his artist career, Italy was a huge success in terms of inspiration for Rubens. Peter Paul Rubens was the inspiration behind the field of art that came after the baroque era. His students from his Antwerp studio became successful artists: Sir Anthony Van Dyck made himself a name proficient artist socializing in aristocracy like his mentor Reubens. Erasmus quillinus was a landscape artist who adopted Ruben’s classical styles in subject matter and colour palette. Antonie Watteau enjoyed painting landscapes and atmospheres and jovial moments in human life in a Baroque style inspired by Peter Paul Rubens.