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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 Conversion of St Paul 1601 1602 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Conversion of St Paul 1601 1602
Democritus and Heraclitus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Democritus and Heraclitus
The head of Silenus, after the antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The head of Silenus, after the antique
St Simon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Simon
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla, Maurus, And Papianus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla, Maurus, And Papianus
Descent from the Cross 1 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1
The Deposition (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Deposition (detail)
The Interpretation of the Victim - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Interpretation of the Victim
The Peace of Angers - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Peace of Angers
The Triumph Of The Church - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph Of The Church
Christ Resurrected - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ Resurrected
The Assumption of the Virgin - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Assumption of the Virgin
Satyr and Maid with Fruit Basket 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Satyr and Maid with Fruit Basket 1615
Pastoral Scene - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pastoral Scene
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga
Saint Teresa of Interceding for Souls in Purgatory - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Teresa of Interceding for Souls in Purgatory
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
Return from the Fields - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return from the Fields
Self-Portrait with a Hat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait with a Hat
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
Portrait of Infanta Clara Eugenia, Governess of the... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Infanta Clara Eugenia, Governess of the...
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