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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The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth (detail) 1612-14
The Peace of Angers - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Peace of Angers
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)...
Portrait of Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jan Gaspar Gevartius c. 1628
Raising of the Cross - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Raising of the Cross
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch...
Hero And Leander - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero And Leander
St Francis in Meditation - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis in Meditation
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Cardinal Infante c. 1634
Christ Resurrected - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ Resurrected
Perseus and Andromeda (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Perseus and Andromeda (detail)
St Roch Altarpiece - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Roch Altarpiece
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Adoration of the Magi (detail-2) 1624
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga
Apotheosis of Hercules - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Apotheosis of Hercules
Pan and Syrinx - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pan and Syrinx
Descent from the Cross 1 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 1
Rape of Hippodamia - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rape of Hippodamia
Helene Fourment With Her Children 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helene Fourment With Her Children 1635
Head Of A Bearded Man - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of A Bearded Man
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

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