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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Laocoon And His Sons - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Laocoon And His Sons
The Four Continents c. 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Four Continents c. 1615
Susanna and the Elders 1607-08 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Susanna and the Elders 1607-08
Virgin And Child Adored By Angels - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin And Child Adored By Angels
Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves 1619-20 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Christ on the Cross between the Two Thieves 1619-20
Daniel in the Lion's Den c. 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Daniel in the Lion's Den c. 1615
The Ecstasy of St Gregory the Great 1608 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Ecstasy of St Gregory the Great 1608
Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1606 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1606
Bathsheba at the Fountain c. 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Bathsheba at the Fountain c. 1635
Battle of the Amazons 1618 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Battle of the Amazons 1618
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...
Portrait of Anne of Austria 1621-25 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Portrait of Anne of Austria 1621-25

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