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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Mars And Rhea Silvia - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Mars And Rhea Silvia
Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1618 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Return of the Prodigal Son c. 1618
An Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen c. 1635 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
An Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen c. 1635
Immaculate Conception c. 1628 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Immaculate Conception c. 1628
Simon and Pero (Roman Charity) c. 1630 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Simon and Pero (Roman Charity) c. 1630
The Drunken Silenus c. 1620 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Drunken Silenus c. 1620
Anatomical studies Three nudes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Anatomical studies Three nudes
Jupiter and Callisto 1613 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Jupiter and Callisto 1613
Head of a Franciscan Friar - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head of a Franciscan Friar
Rubens, his wife Helena Fourment, and their son Peter... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Rubens, his wife Helena Fourment, and their son Peter...
The Entombment 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Entombment 1611-12
The Judgment of Paris c. 1639 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Judgment of Paris c. 1639

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