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Exhibition: Rubens. Painter of Sketches

Pieter Paul Rubens, «Prometheus», 1636-1637. Oil on panel, 25.7x16.6 cm © Museo Nacional del Prado

The Prado Museum partners with the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam to present an exhibition focusing on oil sketches by Rubens, attesting to his important role in establishing this technique.

Preliminary studies in oils were first used by such artists as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Veronese in the 16th century, but the Flemish painter Rubens is considered to be their greatest exponent. While there are around a dozen extant oil sketches by earlier artists, around 450 can be firmly attributed to him. This exhibition celebrates Rubens’ contribution to European art history with around 70 sketches, plus around 20 finished paintings, drawings, and other works to provide context.

General information

Apr 10, 2018 to Aug 5, 2018


Location and contact

Prado Museum

Paseo del Prado, s/n
28014 Madrid
Telephone  +34 913302800

Practical information


Monday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Public holidays

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


General: €15

Reduced: €7,50

Free admission: Monday to Saturday, from 18:00 to 20:00. Sundays and public holidays, from 17:00 to 19:00.

Telephone  +34 902107077

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