In addition to being one of the most revered masters of 17th-century Flemish Baroque art, Peter Paul Rubens has also been recognized as one of the chief painters of oil sketches. This unique aspect of his career serves as the focus of the dynamic new exhibition, “Rubens: Painter of Sketches,” on view at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid from 10 April to 5 August 2018.

Pulling together more than 70 oil sketches by the artist from revered collections around the globe, this exhibition sheds new light on Rubens’ painterly practice and the means by which he developed some of his most iconic compositions. Additional drawings and prints by the artist complement these oil sketches to build the context of each work and to encourage visitors to invest deeply in nuances of Rubens’ unique artistic approach.

Build your appreciation for Rubens’ masterworks with a copy of Complete Works of Peter Paul Rubens or Rubens Unveiled, two spectacular digital volumes available on Musebooks that offer fantastic insights to prime your viewing experience at the Prado.