Master of shadows: the secret diplomatic career of the painter Peter Paul Rubens

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Nan A Talese/Doubleday,
Pub. Date:
2009.
Language:
English
Description
The true story of how seventeenth-century Europe's most famous painter doubled as a secret agent and negotiated a peace between superpowers.Peter Paul Rubens is best remembered as the Old Master with the penchant for fleshy, pink nudes whose popularity was eclipsed by that of Rembrandt van Rijn. In his time, however, Rubens had no equal; his contemporaries revered him as the greatest painter of his era, if not in all history. His undeniable artistic genius, bolstered by a modest disposition and a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite among monarchs and political leaders across Europe, and gave him perfect cover for the clandestine activities that shaped the landscape of seventeenth-century politics.In Master of Shadows, Mark Lamster tells the story of Rubens' life and brilliantly re-creates the culture, religious conflicts, and political intrigues of his time. Commissions to paint military and political leaders drew Rubens from his Antwerp home to London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. The Spanish crown, recognizing the value of his easy access to figures of power, enlisted him into diplomatic service. His uncommon intelligence, preternatural charm, and ability to navigate through ever-shifting political winds allowed him to negotiate a long-sought peace treaty between England and Spain even as Europe's shrewdest statesmen plotted against him. Master of Shadows weaves a gripping drama of cloak-and-dagger diplomacy with an insightful, authoritative exploration of Rubens' art and the private passions that influenced it.
More Details
ISBN:
9780385523790
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID4e5adb85-e5bc-757c-cc59-34bce648cd29
Grouping Titlemaster of shadows the secret diplomatic career of the painter peter paul rubens
Grouping Authorlamster mark
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-11-15 13:42:46PM
Last Indexed2019-12-12 04:44:38AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640.
authorLamster, Mark, 1969-
author2-roleRubens, Peter Paul,1577-1640.
author_displayLamster, Mark
available_at_arlingtonCentral
collection_arlingtonAdult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonCentral Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id4e5adb85-e5bc-757c-cc59-34bce648cd29
isbn9780385523790
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13231546.i14307406Central Adult Nonfiction759.9493 RUBENS LAMST1falsefalseOn ShelfJul 12, 2019can
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2019-12-12T09:44:38.421Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington759.9493 RUBENS LAMST
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonCentral
primary_isbn9780385523790
publishDate2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13231546BookBooksFirst edition.EnglishNan A Talese/Doubleday, 2009.xvi, 316 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13231546.i14307406On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetDiplomats -- Belgium -- Biography
Painters -- Belgium -- Biography
title_displayMaster of shadows : the secret diplomatic career of the painter Peter Paul Rubens
title_fullMaster of shadows : the secret diplomatic career of the painter Peter Paul Rubens / Mark Lamster
title_shortMaster of shadows
title_subthe secret diplomatic career of the painter Peter Paul Rubens