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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Bethrotal of St Catherine (sketch) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Bethrotal of St Catherine (sketch)
The Resurrection of Christ (2) 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Resurrection of Christ (2) 1611-12
Virgin and Child 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin and Child 2
Allegory of Eternity - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Allegory of Eternity
The Holy Family with St Elizabeth 1614-15 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with St Elizabeth 1614-15
Landscape with a Rainbow 1632-35 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with a Rainbow 1632-35
Saint Ives of Treguier, Patron of Lawyers, Defender... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Ives of Treguier, Patron of Lawyers, Defender...
Equestrian Portrait of Giancarlo Doria c. 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Equestrian Portrait of Giancarlo Doria c. 1606
Assumption of the Virgin 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin 1626
Small Last Judgement - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Small Last Judgement
Old Woman with a Basket of Coal 1618-20 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Old Woman with a Basket of Coal 1618-20
Lamentation of Christ 1617-18 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Lamentation of Christ 1617-18
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son
St Sebastian c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Sebastian c. 1614
Descent from the Cross 1616-17 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1616-17
The Rape Of Ganymede - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Rape Of Ganymede
Entombment - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Entombment
Vision of Ezekiel - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Vision of Ezekiel
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen
The Triumph of Truth 1622-25 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Truth 1622-25
The Coronation of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Coronation of Marie de' Medici
A Portrait Of A Man As The God Mars - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A Portrait Of A Man As The God Mars
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630

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