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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Equestrian Portrait of Giancarlo Doria c. 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Equestrian Portrait of Giancarlo Doria c. 1606
St Sebastian c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Sebastian c. 1614
Lamentation of Christ 1617-18 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Lamentation of Christ 1617-18
Small Last Judgement - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Small Last Judgement
Achille Slays Hector - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Achille Slays Hector
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630
Old Woman with a Basket of Coal 1618-20 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Old Woman with a Basket of Coal 1618-20
Assumption of the Virgin 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin 1626
Allegory of Eternity - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Allegory of Eternity
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son
Landscape with a Rainbow 1632-35 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with a Rainbow 1632-35
Virgin and Child 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin and Child 2
The Coronation of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Coronation of Marie de' Medici
The Massacre Of The Innocents - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Massacre Of The Innocents
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621
The Triumph of Truth 1622-25 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Truth 1622-25
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626
A bacchanal - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A bacchanal
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen
Heraclito, the crying philosopher - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Heraclito, the crying philosopher
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns 1638-40 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns 1638-40
Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua
Entombment - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Entombment
Drunken Silenus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Drunken Silenus

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