Rubens vs. Rembrandt

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Both Peter Paul Rubens (1577­1642) and Rembrandt (1606­1669) were contemporary artists of the Low Countries of Flanders and Holland. Specifically characterized by their copious portrait paintings, the both of them had achieved mastery over their artistic talent. Rubens and
Rembrandt are prime examples of Baroque art, easily exemplified by the heavy darks and lights they both incorporate into their works. Despite all these similarities, to many, Rembrandt can be surely considered as one of the greatest artist of the Baroque periods.
In Rubens’ The Lion Hunt, there are strengths and weaknesses. Rubens’ paint is an exceptional example of art during the Baroque period. This piece shows a high contrast between lights and darks, as well as movement and strong action. However, this piece lacks balance and it feels as if the entire scene takes place in only the upper right hand of the painting. As well, the colour palette of the piece has an absence in harmony. The unbalanced composer of the painting creates a muddled image where the viewer cannot entirely decipher what exactly is happening. In Rembrandt’s The Blinding of Samson, there are a great number of strengths. In this piece, all of the figures are evenly balanced with emphasis on the main point of action.The colour palette does not distract from the painting because of the neutral tones used. The detail incorporated into painting is impeccable, from the folds in clothing to

wrinkling of skin, every important detail is there. While Samson may be the main focal point, every figure can be acknowledge because of the expert balance that Rembrandt portrays.
Some will say that Rubens is the greater artist because of bright colours and abilty to create multiple focal points. However, the multiple focal point that Rubens uses in The Lion
Hunt makes the painting hard to observe the immense detail put into it. The bright colours used only add to the disorderliness that is The Lion Hunt.
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