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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Peace and War 2 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Peace and War 2
The Rape of the Sabine Women 1635-37 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Rape of the Sabine Women 1635-37
Bacchus 1638-40 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Bacchus 1638-40
Romulus and Remus 1615-16 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Romulus and Remus 1615-16
Perseus Freeing Andromeda c. 1622 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Perseus Freeing Andromeda c. 1622
The Abduction of Ganymede - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Abduction of Ganymede
The Lamentation 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Lamentation 1614
Christ and St. John with Angels - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ and St. John with Angels
The Straw Hat c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Straw Hat c. 1625
After The Flight of Lot, Rubens - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
After The Flight of Lot, Rubens
Virgin in Adoration before the Christ Child c. 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin in Adoration before the Christ Child c. 1615
The Landing of Marie de Medicis at Marseilles 1623... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Landing of Marie de Medicis at Marseilles 1623...

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