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Council on the Arts Hosts Peter Paul Rubens' exhibition

Head of Marie de Medici (Study for Reconciliation of the Queen and her Son) by Peter Paul RubensHead of Marie de Medici (Study for Reconciliation of the Queen and her Son) by Peter Paul Rubens is one of the works displayed at Iona’s Chapman Art Gallery on North Avenue in New Rochelle, N.Y.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - An exhibition of Peter Paul Rubens' work, "Peter Paul Rubens and the Flemish 17th Century," will be presented at Iona College's Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery from October 30 through November 30. The exhibition is an opportunity for Iona and surrounding communities to view the original works of this 17th century master.
The exhibition includes works by Rubens, his workshop, art from the century leading up to the master’s epoch, and works by artists outside the borders of Flanders. Comprised of 26 paintings and drawings amassed from the collection of Seena and Arnold Davis, the exhibition provides the groundwork for a spectacular journey through art history. The Davises’ discerning connoisseurship, and a passion for collecting that spanned decades, provided the curators an opportunity to create a narrative that introduces the viewer to the Baroque through the selected works.
Rubens is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. In his life, he not only ran a large studio in Antwerp, he was also a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. His pieces are known to reference aspects of classical and Christian history, which include religious figures, mythological subjects and hunt scenes. In his earlier life, he painted numerous portraits, and in his later life he painted several landscapes.
Among the pieces in the exhibit are:
  • Mercury Slaying Argus Io's Sleeping Guard
  • Henry IV Contemplating the Portrait of Maria de Medici
  • Study of Hands and Heads (recto); Study of Leg, Head and Hands
  • Nocturnal Fire Scene
  • Study of a Grotesque Head
  • Head of Christ
  • Portrait of Man
  • Head of Marie de Medici (Study for Reconciliation of the Queen and her Son)
  • Monkeys Tavern Interior
  • Witches’ Sabbath
  • Virgin and Child
  • Cross with Figures and Angels
Thomas Ruggio, assistant professor of Fine and Performing Arts and Thomas Germano, professor of Art and Art History at Farmingdale State College/SUNY, serve as curators of the exhibit. It is their hope that the viewers be enlightened and inspired through these masterpieces.
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 5, from 1-3 p.m., and a gallery talk will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon - 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon - 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Friday, Saturday and on holidays. Please contact Madalyn Barbero Jordan, gallery director, at (914) 637-7796 for more information.
The generosity of Davis Family allows Iona students and the surrounding community to come together and appreciate fine art and learn the story of Peter Paul Rubens.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education, located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan in New Rochelle. With a global network of more than 45,000 alumni, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, pre-professional and professional programs, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Business Administration degrees, and numerous advanced certificate programs. The College is the second-largest private sector employer in New Rochelle and provides more than 66,000 service hours in the community each year. Studies indicate the College also has an annual economic impact of $258 million as measured by the NY Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). See more at