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 Assumption of the Virgin - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Assumption of the Virgin
st. Helena with the true cross - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
st. Helena with the true cross
Night Scene (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Night Scene (detail)
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Gregory the Great with Saints 1606
Sketches - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Sketches
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity (detail)
Portrait of a Woman Probably Susanna Lunden - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Woman Probably Susanna Lunden
Nymphs, satyrs and dogs - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Nymphs, satyrs and dogs
Portrait of Paracelse - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Paracelse
The St Ildefonso Altar (Outer Wings) The Holy Family... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The St Ildefonso Altar (Outer Wings) The Holy Family...
Jan Bruegel The Younger And Peter Paul Rubens Christ... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Jan Bruegel The Younger And Peter Paul Rubens Christ...
Twelfth Night or 'The King Drinks' - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Twelfth Night or 'The King Drinks'
Portrait of a Woman 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Woman 2
Portrait of Helene Fourment - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Helene Fourment
St Augustine - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Augustine
Descent from the Cross 3 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross 3
St Francis of Assisi before the Crucified Christ 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis of Assisi before the Crucified Christ 1625
Detail from left panel - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Detail from left panel
Diana and Callisto - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana and Callisto
Tiberius And Agrippina 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Tiberius And Agrippina 1614
Portrait of Alathea Howard, Countess of Arundel, nee... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Alathea Howard, Countess of Arundel, nee...
Lamentation of Christ - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Lamentation of Christ
The Treaty Of Angouleme 1621-1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Treaty Of Angouleme 1621-1625
Saint Peter and Saint Paul a modello - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Peter and Saint Paul a modello

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