For the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577Â–1640), drawing was a fundamental activity. Ranging from delightful renderings of children and elegant portraits of noblemen and women to vigorous animal studies and beautiful landscapes, Rubensâ€™s drawings are renowned for their superb quality and variety. This exquisite book presentsÂ—in beautiful full-color reproductionsÂ—more than one hundred of the finest and most representative of Rubensâ€™s drawings, from private and public collections around the world. Essays by Anne-Marie Logan and Michiel C. Plomp provide overviews of Rubensâ€™s career as a draftsman and of the dispersal of his drawings among collectors after his death. The authors discuss the various functions of Rubensâ€™s drawings as preparatory studies for paintings, sculpture, architecture, prints, and book illustrations. The volume also includes a sampling of the artistâ€™s early anatomical studies and copies after antique sculpture as well as several sheets by other artists that Rubens retouched, restored, or reworked.