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
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints
The Peace of Angers - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Peace of Angers
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627
Raising of the Cross - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Raising of the Cross
St Francis in Meditation - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis in Meditation
Hero And Leander - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero And Leander
St Roch Altarpiece - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Roch Altarpiece
Christ Resurrected - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ Resurrected
Descent from the Cross 1 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1
Perseus and Andromeda (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Perseus and Andromeda (detail)
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga
Pan and Syrinx - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pan and Syrinx
The Capture of Samson - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Capture of Samson
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla, Maurus, And Papianus - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Gregory With Saints Domitilla, Maurus, And Papianus
Apotheosis of Hercules - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Apotheosis of Hercules
Helene Fourment With Her Children 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helene Fourment With Her Children 1635
The Assumption of the Virgin - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Assumption of the Virgin
Night Scene (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Night Scene (detail)
Head Of A Bearded Man - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of A Bearded Man

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