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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Portrait of Infanta Clara Eugenia, Governess of the... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Infanta Clara Eugenia, Governess of the...
Institution of the Regency - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Institution of the Regency
The return to the field - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The return to the field
The Interpretation of the Victim - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Interpretation of the Victim
Self-Portrait with a Hat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait with a Hat
The Adoration of the Magi 1617-18 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi 1617-18
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes
Overthrow of the Titans - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Overthrow of the Titans
The Stone Carters - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Stone Carters
Crucifixion - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Crucifixion
Bacchanal at Andros, after a painting by Titian - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Bacchanal at Andros, after a painting by Titian
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
The Deposition (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Deposition (detail)
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
Portrait of Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628
The Birth of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Marie de' Medici
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)...
St Simon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Simon
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
Return from the Fields - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return from the Fields
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634
Pen And Brown Ink - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pen And Brown Ink

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