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
Stormy Landscape c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Stormy Landscape c. 1625
Portrait Of Gaspard Schoppins - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait Of Gaspard Schoppins
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment in a wedding gown
Return from the Fields - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return from the Fields
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
Summer 1620s - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Summer 1620s
The return to the field - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The return to the field
Pen And Brown Ink - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pen And Brown Ink
Descent from the Cross (left wing) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross (left wing) 1612-14
Pastoral Scene - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pastoral Scene
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch...
The Stone Carters - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Stone Carters
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
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
Perseus and Andromeda (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Perseus and Andromeda (detail)
St Simon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Simon
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627
The Birth of Marie de' Medici - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Marie de' Medici

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