Naked models, voyeurism?
Rubens is famous for his voluptuous female nudity. Many painters openly express their admiration for the great master of nudity, from Eugène Delacroix and Thomas Gainsborough, to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Unfortunately, very few drawings and sketches of female models have survived, except for a number of his second wife Helena Fourment.
Looking at naked paintings can make you feel like a bit of a peeping Tom, but when it comes to Rubens you can't help but admire the craftsmanship.
Rubens' models are always incredibly lifelike, made from flesh and blood, covered in cellulite and blessed with voluptuous body shapes. The model's sensuality is tangible and even relatable thanks to the genuine portrayal of these women.
Have a look at the painting which I'm featured on. I'm on display at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. No other painter would be able to make my skin as translucent as Rubens can. Get in even closer to see the pinkish-blue effect, which makes me seem even more real.