‘Minerva protects Pax from Mars (‘Peace and War’)’ after Rubens

 

Sketch after Rubens "Peace & War", black ink and posca pen on watercolour paper, 10x8", Charlie Kirkham 2015.
Sketch after Rubens “Peace & War”, black ink and posca pen on watercolour paper, 10×8″, Charlie Kirkham 2015.

At the moment the RA is showing the blockbuster exhibition of Rubens and his influence.

In light of this I thought a bit of drawing from Rubens was in order. Once again, while the RA is full to bursting the National Gallery’s collection of (free) Rubens paintings is rather quiet. Minerva Protects Pax From Mars is a stunning painting.

Peter Paul Rubens, "Minerva Protects Pax From Mars", oil on canvas, 203x298 cm, 1629-30, National Gallery.
Peter Paul Rubens, “Minerva Protects Pax From Mars”, oil on canvas, 203×298 cm, 1629-30, National Gallery.

Rubens is famous for the sensuality of his paintings. He captures flesh in such a powerful,believable way. When I was drawing this I was conscious of the weight of each of the figures. The arrangement is really complicated and working in monochrome was enough of a challenge that I’m totally in awe of his colour harmonies. A great piece to look at, draw from and dream about!