Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 - May 30, 1640) was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He is well-known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.

In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp which produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically-educated humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, king of Spain, and Charles I, king of England.

Peter Paul Rubens was probably born on June the 28th 1577 in Siegen, Germany. His parents Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelinckx had left the catholic Spanish-dominated city of Antwerp because of their Calvinist sympathies. The family had moved to Cologne with the children. Father Rubens, however, nearly escaped death sentence in Cologne after an affair with the princess of Orange. Mother Rubens managed to have her husband freed and the family accepted to be exiled to Siegen, Westphalia. It was there that the sixth child, Peter Paul, was born.

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The Flagellation Of Christ - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Flagellation Of Christ
The Emperor Charles V - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Emperor Charles V
The Incredulity Of St Thomas - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Incredulity Of St Thomas
Garden Of Love - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Garden Of Love
Hero and Leander (detail) c. 1605 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero and Leander (detail) c. 1605
The Abduction of Ganymede 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Abduction of Ganymede 1611-12
The Duke of Lerma 1603 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Duke of Lerma 1603
The Holy Family with St Anne c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with St Anne c. 1630
Julius Caesar - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Julius Caesar
Portrait of a Boy (Nicholas Rubens) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Boy (Nicholas Rubens)
Adoration of the Magi 3 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Adoration of the Magi 3
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity 1604... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity 1604...

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