Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens (1577—1640) was the greatest painter of the Flemish Baroque.

Peter Paul Rubens Summary

  • Born in Siegen, in western Germany, to a family of Calvinist refugees from Antwerp
  • Much influenced by the Venetians and Italian Renaissance masters, he resided in Italy
  • Centered his work on idealized mythological and biblical nudes
  • Deployed as a diplomat to Spain and France, representing the Medici and the Habsburgs
  • Ran a profitable workshop in Antwerp and taught many pupils, such as Anthony van Dyck
  • Made a noble by Philip IV of Spain and a knight by Charles I of England

Peter Paul Rubens’ Famous Paintings

  • Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria (1606)
  • Venus at the Mirror (c. 1614)
  • Diana Returning from Hunt (1615)
  • The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus (c. 1617)
  • Christ Triumphant over Sin and Death (c. 1618)
  • Descent from the Cross (1618)
  • The Fall of Man (1629)
  • The Feast of Venus (c. 1636)
  • The Château Het Steen with Hunter (c. 1638)
  • Venus and Adonis (c. 1638)

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