March 5–June 9, 2013
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most talented and successful artists working in seventeenth-century Europe. During his illustrious career as a court painter and diplomat, Rubens expressed a fascination with exotic costumes and headdresses. With his masterful handling of black chalk and touches of red, Rubens executed a compelling drawing that features a figure wearing Asian costume—a depiction that has recently been identified as Man in Korean Costume. Now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, this drawing is the focal point of an exhibition that explores for the first time what the Flemish artist could have known about Asia in general and Korea in particular.

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          Looking East: Rubens’s Encounter with Asia (Press Release)

          Looking East: Rubens’s Encounter with Asia (Available Images)

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Banner image: Man in Korean Costume (detail), about 1617. Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640). Black chalk with touches of red chalk in the face. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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