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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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Anatomical studies Three nudes - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Anatomical studies Three nudes
Boy with Bird c. 1616 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Boy with Bird c. 1616
Helene Fourment With Two Of Her Children, Claire-Jeanne... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Helene Fourment With Two Of Her Children, Claire-Jeanne...
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns (detail... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns (detail...
Madonna Adored by Angels (Madonna della Vallicella)... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Madonna Adored by Angels (Madonna della Vallicella)...
Dance of Italian Villagers c. 1636 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Dance of Italian Villagers c. 1636
The Exchange of Princesses - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Exchange of Princesses
The Last Communion of St Francis 1619 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Last Communion of St Francis 1619
Lamentation (Christ on the Straw) 1617-18 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Lamentation (Christ on the Straw) 1617-18
The Raising of the Cross 1620-21 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Raising of the Cross 1620-21
Chateau De Steen - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Chateau De Steen
Ulysses and Nausicaa on the Island of the Phaeacians - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Ulysses and Nausicaa on the Island of the Phaeacians
The Fate Spinning Marie's Destiny 1622-25 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fate Spinning Marie's Destiny 1622-25
Hero and Leander  (2) c. 1605 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Hero and Leander (2) c. 1605
The Triumph of Victory c. 1614 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Triumph of Victory c. 1614
Cupid And Psyche - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Cupid And Psyche
The Victory of Eucharistic Truth over Heresy c. 1626 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Victory of Eucharistic Truth over Heresy c. 1626
The Resurrection of Christ 1611-12 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Resurrection of Christ 1611-12
The Meeting of Marie de Medicis and Henri IV at Lyon... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Meeting of Marie de Medicis and Henri IV at Lyon...
Altarpiece of St Ildefonso (right panel) after 1639 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Altarpiece of St Ildefonso (right panel) after 1639
Head And Right Hand Of A Woman - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Head And Right Hand Of A Woman
Landscape with the Ruins of Mount Palatine in Rome... - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Landscape with the Ruins of Mount Palatine in Rome...
Silenus (or Bacchus) and Satyrs c. 1616 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Silenus (or Bacchus) and Satyrs c. 1616
The Crowning of St Catherine 1631 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Crowning of St Catherine 1631
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