This charcoal drawing by British artist Leon Kossoff was inspired by Rubens’ monumental painting ‘Minerva Protects Pax from Mars’, a jewel in the National Gallery’s collection ➡️ swipe for side-by-side comparisons
At only ten years old, Kossoff visited the for the first time and become fascinated by works by Old and Modern Masters such as , , , and .
would then re-experience and re-imagine their magnificent paintings through drawing - the technique his entire practice was rooted in.
The artist created works from Rubens’ ‘Minerva Protects Pax from Mars’ for nearly a decade, which culminated in an oil painting and a series of prints that are now part of the collection (depicted, image 5)
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Leon Kossoff (1926 - 2019)
‘From “Minerva Protects Pax from Mars” by Rubens’
c. 1980 - 1981
Charcoal on paper