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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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Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Psyche taken up into Olympus 1621
Return from the Fields - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return from the Fields
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchisedek
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Vincenzo II Gonzaga
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
Pen And Brown Ink - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pen And Brown Ink
Jan Bruegel The Younger And Peter Paul Rubens Christ... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Jan Bruegel The Younger And Peter Paul Rubens Christ...
Raising of the Cross - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Raising of the Cross
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 Capture of Samson - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Capture of Samson
The Birth of Henri IV of France 1628-30 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Henri IV of France 1628-30
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene...
Detail from left panel - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Detail from left panel
Portrait of a Woman 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Woman 2
Portrait of Paracelse - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Paracelse
Bacchanal at Andros, after a painting by Titian - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Bacchanal at Andros, after a painting by Titian
Hero And Leander - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero And Leander
Descent from the Cross 3 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 3
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Francis Xavier
Pan and Syrinx - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pan and Syrinx
Crucifixion - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Crucifixion
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2
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