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Minerva protects Pax from Mars ('Peace and War')
Minerva protects Pax from Mars ('Peace and War')
Minerva protects Pax from Mars ('Peace and War')
Rubens, Peter Paul,
1577 - 1640,
Flemish painter.

"Minerva protects Pax from Mars" ('Peace and War'), 1629-30.

Oil on canvas, 203.5 x 298 cm.

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The National Gallery London: Baroque
Big drama is probably the best term with which to describe the Baroque period. Artists move away from static scenes and show instead dynamic and action-filled moments. In portraiture the sitter is often placed in a more unusual position. The brush strokes are more liberal and expressive. Paint becomes thicker, light and shadow are being used to create often sinister atmospheres. The Baroque is not limited to one geographical area. It found its expression in Italy with Caravaggio at the helm and in the Netherlands with Rembrandt and Rubens as its most prolific representatives. It also spills over into the Dutch Golden Age with its genre scenes and allegorical depictions.