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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 Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635
Deborah Kip and her Children 1629-30 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Deborah Kip and her Children 1629-30
The Adoration Of The Magi - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration Of The Magi
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614
Portrait of a Chambermaid c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Chambermaid c. 1625
The Miracle Of St  Walburga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle Of St Walburga
Achille Slays Hector - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Achille Slays Hector
Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints c. 1628
Portrait Of Isabella Brant - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait Of Isabella Brant
A bacchanal - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A bacchanal
Mercury and Argus 1635-38 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Mercury and Argus 1635-38
Assumption of the Virgin c. 1620 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin c. 1620
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Martyrdom of St. Stephen
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-1) 1624 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-1) 1624
The Mantuan Circle Of Friends - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Mantuan Circle Of Friends
Victory and death of the consul Decius Mus at the battle - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Victory and death of the consul Decius Mus at the battle
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla  Maurus And Papianus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla Maurus And Papianus
The Majority of Louis XIII - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Majority of Louis XIII
The Last Supper 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Last Supper 2
Marie de Medicis as Bellona 1622-25 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Marie de Medicis as Bellona 1622-25
Portrait of a Woman - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Woman
A Portrait Of A Man As The God Mars - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A Portrait Of A Man As The God Mars
St  George Slaying The Dragon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St George Slaying The Dragon
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