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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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St Francis in Meditation - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis in Meditation
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Virgin and Child enthroned adored by eight Saints
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
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Miracle of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Head Of Pan, After The Antique - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head Of Pan, After The Antique
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
Pen And Brown Ink - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pen And Brown Ink
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Henry IV sketch 1627
The Birth of Henri IV of France 1628-30 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Birth of Henri IV of France 1628-30
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self Portrait Without A Hat 1639 X
The Capture of Samson - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Capture of Samson
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
Descent from the Cross 3 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 3
Hero And Leander - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero And Leander
Pan and Syrinx - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Pan and Syrinx
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (Het Pelsken) 2
Portrait Of A Lady With A Rosary 1609-1610 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait Of A Lady With A Rosary 1609-1610
Perseus and Andromeda (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Perseus and Andromeda (detail)
Night Scene (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Night Scene (detail)
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