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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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The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
Henry IV seizes the Opportunity to conclude Piece 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Henry IV seizes the Opportunity to conclude Piece 1628
Judith with the Head of Holofernes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
St Jerome in His Hermitage - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Jerome in His Hermitage
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, sketch...
Moses - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Moses
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia regent... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia regent...
Portrait of Nicolas Trigault S.J. in Chinese costume - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Nicolas Trigault S.J. in Chinese costume
Lamentation of Christ - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Lamentation of Christ
Portrait Of Alathea Howard Countess Of Arundel Nee... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait Of Alathea Howard Countess Of Arundel Nee...
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene...
Rubens69 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rubens69
Rubens4 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rubens4
Portrait of a Man Possibly an Architect or Geographer - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of a Man Possibly an Architect or Geographer
The Sistine Madonna - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Sistine Madonna
Saint Lambert - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Lambert
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene...
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Paintings for Maria de Medici, Queen of France, scene...
Deposition from the Cross, Triptych, overview - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Deposition from the Cross, Triptych, overview
The Coronation of the Virgin sketch - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Coronation of the Virgin sketch
Rubens124 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rubens124
Portrait of Jan Vermoelen 1616 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Jan Vermoelen 1616
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Apotheosis of Henry IV and the Proclamation of...
The spear, detail - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The spear, detail
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