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 Fur (`Het Pelsken`) 1630s - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (`Het Pelsken`) 1630s
St. George Slaying the Dragon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St. George Slaying the Dragon
St George Fighting the Dragon 1606-10 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St George Fighting the Dragon 1606-10
Woman with a Mirror c. 1640 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Woman with a Mirror c. 1640
The Duke of Buckingham c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Duke of Buckingham c. 1625
Aeneas And His Family Departing From Troy - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Aeneas And His Family Departing From Troy
The Incredulity Of St Thomas - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Incredulity Of St Thomas
The Feast of Herod 1633 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Feast of Herod 1633
Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1608 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1608
The Emperor Charles V - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Emperor Charles V
Hero and Leander (detail) c. 1605 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero and Leander (detail) c. 1605
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity 1604... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Gonzaga Family Worshipping the Holy Trinity 1604...
A Night Scene With An Old Lady Holding A Basket And... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
A Night Scene With An Old Lady Holding A Basket And...
The Flagellation Of Christ - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Flagellation Of Christ
Simon and Pero (Roman Charity) c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Simon and Pero (Roman Charity) c. 1630
Garden Of Love - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Garden Of Love
Adoration of the Magi 3 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Adoration of the Magi 3
The Abduction of Ganymede 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Abduction of Ganymede 1611-12
Julius Caesar - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Julius Caesar
Nymphs and Satyrs 1637-40 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Nymphs and Satyrs 1637-40
The Holy Family with St Anne c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with St Anne c. 1630
Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt 1615-16 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt 1615-16
Anatomical studies Three nudes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Anatomical studies Three nudes
The Judgment of Paris c. 1636 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Judgment of Paris c. 1636

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