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 with a Hat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait with a Hat
Summer 1620s - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Summer 1620s
The head of Silenus, after the antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The head of Silenus, 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...
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes
Institution of the Regency - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Institution of the Regency
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown
Descent from the Cross (outside right) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross (outside right) 1612-14
The return to the field - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The return to the field
Descent from the Cross (right wing) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross (right wing) 1612-14
The Adoration of the Magi 1617-18 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi 1617-18
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
The Stone Carters - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Stone Carters
Portrait Of A Lady With A Rosary 1609-1610 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait Of A Lady With A Rosary 1609-1610
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
Pastoral Scene - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pastoral Scene
Return from the Fields - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return from the Fields
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
The Deposition (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Deposition (detail)
The Birth of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Marie de' Medici
Pen And Brown Ink - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pen And Brown Ink
St Simon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Simon
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)...

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