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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Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait in a Circle of Friends from Mantua
Portrait of a Chambermaid c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Chambermaid c. 1625
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Assumption of the Virgin (detail-1) 1626
Heraclito, the crying philosopher - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Heraclito, the crying philosopher
Drunken Silenus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Drunken Silenus
The Holy Family - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family
The Miracle Of St  Walburga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle Of St Walburga
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
Venus and Adonis 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Venus and Adonis 2
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
Allegory of war 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Allegory of war 1628
Diana Returning from Hunt c. 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana Returning from Hunt c. 1615
The Road to Calvary 1634-37 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Road to Calvary 1634-37
The Battle of the Amazons c. 1600 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Battle of the Amazons c. 1600
The Majority of Louis XIII - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Majority of Louis XIII
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helena Fourment with her Son Francis 1635
Garden of Love (detail) c. 1633 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Garden of Love (detail) c. 1633
A nude youth in the pose of the Spinario - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A nude youth in the pose of the Spinario
Miracles of St Ignatius 1615-20 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Miracles of St Ignatius 1615-20
The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth Saint John and... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth Saint John and...
St  George Slaying The Dragon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St George Slaying The Dragon
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Victory (detail) c. 1614
The Village Fete (detail) 1635-38 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Village Fete (detail) 1635-38
Helen Fourment in Furs - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helen Fourment in Furs

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