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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Descent from the Cross (centre panel) 1612-14 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Descent from the Cross (centre panel) 1612-14
The Fur (`Het Pelsken`) 1630s - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Fur (`Het Pelsken`) 1630s
The Duke of Buckingham c. 1625 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Duke of Buckingham c. 1625
Arrival of Maria of Medici and Henry to Lyon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Arrival of Maria of Medici and Henry to Lyon
Virgin And Child - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Virgin And Child
Woman with a Mirror c. 1640 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Woman with a Mirror c. 1640
St George Fighting the Dragon 1606-10 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St George Fighting the Dragon 1606-10
Aeneas And His Family Departing From Troy - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Aeneas And His Family Departing From Troy
The Judgment of Paris c. 1636 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Judgment of Paris c. 1636
Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1608 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1608
St. George Slaying the Dragon - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
St. George Slaying the Dragon
The Feast of Herod 1633 - Peter Paul Rubens - www.peterpaulrubens.org
The Feast of Herod 1633

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