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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Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns (detail... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns (detail...
The Resurrection of Christ (centre panel) c. 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Resurrection of Christ (centre panel) c. 1611-12
Virgin and Child 1620-24 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin and Child 1620-24
The Head of Medusa c. 1617 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Head of Medusa c. 1617
Angelica and the Hermit  1630s - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Angelica and the Hermit 1630s
The Landing of Marie de Médicis at Marseilles (detail)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Landing of Marie de Médicis at Marseilles (detail)...
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints c. 1628
Roman Charity 1612 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Roman Charity 1612
Allegory on the Blessings of Peace 1629-30 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Allegory on the Blessings of Peace 1629-30
The Elevation Of The Cross - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Elevation Of The Cross
Massacre of the Innocents c. 1637 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Massacre of the Innocents c. 1637
Raising of the Cross (detail-1) 1610 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Raising of the Cross (detail-1) 1610

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