The fame of Peter Paul Rubens was helped to spread by the cutting edge of 17th century technology, printmaking.
Rubens and his Workshop Engravers, at Bolton Museum & Art Gallery until January 6, shows how engravings of his works made prints which could spread his reputation wider and ensure commercial success.
As well as being the most exuberant of painters in the late Renaissance, Rubens was also a pragmatist who understood the advantages of mass production.
The exhibition brings 80 woodcuts and engravings from his birthplace, Siegen in Germany, alongside reproductions of some Rubens's most famous works. These include The Garden of Love, The Battle of the Amazons and The Last Judgement and to loans from the National Gallery of The Nativity and The Brazen Serpent.
Image courtesy National Gallery London