CFP: Rubens and the World – Tout le Monde pour ma Patrie (Antwerp, 5-6 May 2025)

Peter Paul Rubens’s visual ideas spread astoundingly far from his home in Antwerp both during and after his lifetime. In the seventeenth century his paintings arrived at destinations throughout Europe, and dealers shipped painted copies and titanic quantities of engravings after his designs even farther afield, reaching Cuzco, Isfahan, Jingdezhen, and many other places. He saw himself as a man of the world, as he wrote in a letter to a friend in 1625: “I regard the whole world as my country, and I believe that I should be very welcome everywhere.” The world also came to Rubens, whether in the form of models of African descent who feature in his head studies and finished compositions; Asian costume and dress that appear in his drawings and paintings; or Indian architecture and sculpture for which he showed a keen interest. An impressive swath of the world also passed through Antwerp, both people and things, and Rubens took note.

For the full call, follow this link:

Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a CV, to Abigail Newman ( by 31 July 2024. Further questions also welcome.

Speakers will be asked to send full drafts of their talks by 15 March 2025.

For additional information, visit: