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 Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown
Democritus and Heraclitus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Democritus and Heraclitus
The Interpretation of the Victim - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Interpretation of the Victim
The Stone Carters - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Stone Carters
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jean Charles de Cordes
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)...
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Self-Portrait with a Hat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self-Portrait with a Hat
The Deposition (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Deposition (detail)
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634
The Birth of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Marie de' Medici
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene...
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 Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
Overthrow of the Titans - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Overthrow of the Titans
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier
St Roch Altarpiece - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Roch Altarpiece
Crucifixion - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Crucifixion
Descent from the Cross 1 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1

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