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An Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen in the Early Morning

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

Year: 1636

Location: Chantry Buildings, Corporation Street. The original is on display at The National Gallery, London.

An oil on oak painting of the manor house of Het Steen near Malines, not far from Antwerp, that Rubens bought and where he enjoyed the pleasures of being a member of the landed aristocracy for the last five years of his life. According to The National Gallery, the composition grew in scope as the work proceeded. The panel consists of no fewer than seventeen different pieces. It probably began as a small landscape with just three centre panels. Rubens suffered from gout and had difficulty holding a brush at the time this work was painted. Despite the inevitably shaky hand, this is one of the great landscapes of the 17th century. An Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen in the Early Morning, Peter Paul Rubens copyright The National Gallery, London.