The Leonard Lopate Show Published by The Leonard Lopate Show Master of Shadows Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/59695/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Mark Lamster tells the true story of how the famous European painter Peter Paul Rubens doubled as a secret agent and negotiated a peace between superpowers in the 17th century. In Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens, he explains how Rubens’s reputation among monarchs and political leaders across Europe gave him perfect cover for the clandestine activities that shaped European politics.