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 Coronation of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Coronation of Marie de' Medici
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hercules Crowned by Genii c. 1621
The Majority of Louis XIII - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Majority of Louis XIII
Helen Fourment in Furs - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helen Fourment in Furs
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Queen's Reconciliation with Her Son
Allegory of war 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Allegory of war 1628
Tiger and lion hunting - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Tiger and lion hunting
Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua
Heraclito, the crying philosopher - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Heraclito, the crying philosopher
Descent from the Cross 1616-17 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1616-17
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with Saint George and the Dragon c. 1630
The Holy Family with St. Anne - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with St. Anne
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
Drunken Silenus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Drunken Silenus
The Miracle Of St  Walburga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle Of St Walburga
The Lamentation - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Lamentation
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635
The Three Graces - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Three Graces
The Road to Calvary 1634-37 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Road to Calvary 1634-37
The Holy Women at the Sepulchre - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Women at the Sepulchre
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
The Judgment of Midas - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Judgment of Midas
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614

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