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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Helena Fourment 1630-32 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helena Fourment 1630-32
The Village Fete (Flemish Kermis) 1635-38 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Village Fete (Flemish Kermis) 1635-38
Diana Returning from Hunt (detail) c. 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana Returning from Hunt (detail) c. 1615
Achille Slays Hector - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Achille Slays Hector
Cupid And Psyche - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Cupid And Psyche
The Holy Family with Sts Elizabeth and John the Baptist... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Holy Family with Sts Elizabeth and John the Baptist...
Adam and Eve - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Adam and Eve
Saint Michael subduing Lucifer - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Saint Michael subduing Lucifer
The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an...
St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata c. 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata c. 1635
The Martyrdom of St Livinus 1633 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Martyrdom of St Livinus 1633
Marie de Medici, Queen of France c. 1622 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Marie de Medici, Queen of France c. 1622
Cupid Riding a Dolphin 1636 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Cupid Riding a Dolphin 1636
The Four Philosophers 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Four Philosophers 1611-12
Victory and death of the consul Decius Mus at the battle - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Victory and death of the consul Decius Mus at the battle
Annunciation 1609-10 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Annunciation 1609-10
The Consequences of War 1637-38 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Consequences of War 1637-38
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek 1625
Rubens In His Garden With Helena Fourment - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rubens In His Garden With Helena Fourment
The Death of Seneca 1615 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Death of Seneca 1615
Landscape with a Watering Place - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with a Watering Place
Albert and Nicolaas Rubens 1626-27 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Albert and Nicolaas Rubens 1626-27
Landscape With The Shipwreck Of Aeneas - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape With The Shipwreck Of Aeneas
Venus and Adonis (detail) - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Venus and Adonis (detail)

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