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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Venus at her Toilet c. 1608 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Venus at her Toilet c. 1608
Four Studies of the Head of a Negro - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Four Studies of the Head of a Negro
The Fall Of Man - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fall Of Man
A Forest at Dawn with Deer Hunt - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A Forest at Dawn with Deer Hunt
Self Portrait - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Self Portrait
Cimon And Pero - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Cimon And Pero
Venus In Fur Coat - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Venus In Fur Coat
The Conversion of St. Paul, Rubens - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Conversion of St. Paul, Rubens
Venus Frigida 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Venus Frigida 1614
The Leucippo's daugthers Kidnapping - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Leucippo's daugthers Kidnapping
The Consequences of War (detail) 1637-38 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Consequences of War (detail) 1637-38
King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba 1620 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba 1620

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