It was a great honor last night to celebrate publication of Master of Shadows with a small gathering at the residence of the Belgian Consul General in New York, Ambassador Herman Portocarero. The ambassador is a distinguished author in his own right, so it was especially appropriate to be there speaking about another artist-diplomat. I cannot thank him and his lovely wife Myriam enough for their generosity, nor can words adequately describe my debt to Dan Benjoseph and especially Lilliane Opsomer of FlandersHouse
, for so much support. As I noted, it was just the kind of event Rubens enjoyed in his own day, as you can see in the image above, a painting by William van Haecht of an Antwerp party with Rubens in attendance.