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AGO Kids React: Early Rubens

Kids are so honest! See what happens when we show some grade sixers a few amazing works by Peter Paul Rubens.

Rubens Kids

School student; Peter Paul Rubens. The Annunciation, c.1609. Oil on canvas, unframed: 225 x 202 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Picture Gallery. Image courtesy KHM-Museumsverband.

Do you remember the first time you saw a work of art that took your breath away? Was it surprising? Did you get mesmerized by the details? Did you know the story behind the work or were you seeing it play out before your eyes for the first time? We sat down with some grade sixers and showed them Rubens’s work for the very first time to capture their genuine reactions – and it was quite special. Take a look at how these kids reacted to the drama of The Annunciation, the details of Daniel in the Lions’ Den and the gore of The Head of Medusa.

Do you know a kid with a big imagination? Bring them to see these paintings on view now in Early Rubens, on Level 2 in the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion.

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