Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Famous Ephebophile: Artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens



Nabokov wrote in Lolita, "A normal man given a group photograph of school girls or Girls Scouts and asked to point out the comeliest one will not necessarily choose the nymphet among them. You have to be an artist ..."

And that is exactly what 53-year-old artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens did when he "pointed out" 16-year-old Hélène Fourment. 

The Flemish Baroque painter and the nymphet had four sons and seven daughters. 

Visit Rubens' Artsy page to read his bio, view over 40 of his paintings, read exclusive articles and get current exhibition listings.