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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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
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)...
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes
The Birth of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Marie de' Medici
The Interpretation of the Victim - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Interpretation of the Victim
Satyr and Maid with Fruit Basket 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Satyr and Maid with Fruit Basket 1615
The Deposition (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Deposition (detail)
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown
Cherubs - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Cherubs
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624
St Simon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Simon
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola
St Roch Altarpiece - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Roch Altarpiece
Overthrow of the Titans - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Overthrow of the Titans
Self-Portrait with a Hat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait with a Hat
Descent from the Cross 1 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1
The Peace of Angers - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Peace of Angers
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints
Christ Resurrected - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ Resurrected
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
St Francis in Meditation - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis in Meditation
Pastoral Scene - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pastoral Scene

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