Portrait of Peter Paul Rubens

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1577-1640

Flemish Baroque Painter

Peter Paul Rubens (June 28, 1577 - May 30, 1640) was a Flemish artist and one of the most influential Baroque painters in European art history. He was known for his dynamic compositions, rich colors, and sensuous, fleshy figures. Rubens was also a skilled diplomat and a prolific artist who produced a vast body of work, including altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and historical paintings.

Rubens was born in Siegen, Westphalia (now in Germany) to a Calvinist father, Jan Rubens, and a Catholic mother, Maria Pypelincks. His father was a lawyer and an advisor to the Protestant Princess Anna of Saxony. Due to religious persecution, the family moved to Cologne, where Rubens spent his early childhood. After his father's death in 1587, the family returned to Antwerp, which was then part of the Spanish Netherlands.

In Antwerp, Rubens received a classical education and began his artistic training under several local painters, including Tobias Verhaecht, Adam van Noort, and Otto van Veen. He became a master in the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke in 1598.

In 1600, Rubens traveled to Italy, where he was exposed to the works of Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. He was employed by the Duke of Mantua, Vincenzo Gonzaga, and was sent on diplomatic missions to Rome, where he studied classical art and the works of Caravaggio. Rubens' time in Italy had a profound impact on his artistic style, and he began to develop his signature Baroque style, characterized by dynamic compositions, dramatic lighting, and vivid colors.

Rubens returned to Antwerp in 1608, following the death of his mother. He was appointed court painter to the Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella, the Habsburg rulers of the Spanish Netherlands. He opened a large workshop, where he trained and collaborated with many artists, including Anthony van Dyck, who later became a renowned portraitist.

During this period, Rubens produced some of his most famous works, such as "The Descent from the Cross" (1612-1614) and "The Raising of the Cross" (1609-1610). He also painted numerous mythological and allegorical scenes, such as "The Garden of Love" (c. 1633) and "The Three Graces" (c. 1635).

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Rubens was a skilled diplomat. He was employed by the Habsburg rulers to negotiate peace between the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic, as well as between Spain and England. His diplomatic efforts culminated in the signing of the Treaty of Antwerp in 1609 and the Treaty of London in 1630.

Rubens married twice, first to Isabella Brant in 1609, with whom he had three children, and then to Hélène Fourment in 1630, with whom he had five children. He continued to paint prolifically until his death in 1640 at the age of 62.

Peter Paul Rubens' influence on European art was immense, and his work inspired generations of artists, including Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Watteau. His dynamic compositions, sensuous figures, and vivid colors continue to captivate audiences today, and his paintings can be found in major museums and collections around the world.

410 Rubens Paintings

The Descent from the Cross, c.1617/18 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Descent from the Cross c.1617/18

Oil Painting
$4026
Canvas Print
$50.36
SKU: RPP-3438
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 297 x 200 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Hagar Leaves the House of Abraham, c.1615/17 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Hagar Leaves the House of Abraham c.1615/17

Oil Painting
$1099
Canvas Print
$61.38
SKU: RPP-3439
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 62.8 x 76 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Bacchanalia, c.1615 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Bacchanalia c.1615

Oil Painting
$3782
Canvas Print
$62.33
SKU: RPP-3440
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 91 x 107 cm
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

Statue of Ceres, c.1615 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Statue of Ceres c.1615

Oil Painting
$2070
Canvas Print
$52.94
SKU: RPP-3441
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 90.5 x 65.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Venus and Adonis, c.1615 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Venus and Adonis c.1615

Oil Painting
$3289
Canvas Print
$68.05
SKU: RPP-3442
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 83 x 90.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Coronation of the Virgin, c.1609/11 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Coronation of the Virgin c.1609/11

Oil Painting
$7348
Canvas Print
$53.62
SKU: RPP-3443
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 106 x 78 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1608 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Adoration of the Shepherds 1608

Oil Painting
$947
Canvas Print
$53.49
SKU: RPP-3444
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 63.5 x 47 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria 1606

Oil Painting
$2137
Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: RPP-3445
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 152.5 x 99 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Susanna and the Elders, c.1609/10 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Susanna and the Elders c.1609/10

Oil Painting
$4658
Canvas Print
$64.91
SKU: RPP-3446
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 198 x 218 cm
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

Samson and Delilah, c.1609/10 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Samson and Delilah c.1609/10

Oil Painting
$4691
Canvas Print
$68.46
SKU: RPP-3447
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 185 x 205 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Abduction of Ganymede, c.1611/12 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Abduction of Ganymede c.1611/12

Oil Painting
$3604
Canvas Print
$74.86
SKU: RPP-3448
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 207 x 207 cm
Palace Schwarzenberg, Vienna, Austria

Prometheus Bound (Rubens and Snyders), c.1610/11 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Prometheus Bound (Rubens and Snyders) c.1610/11

Oil Painting
$2062
Canvas Print
$65.19
SKU: RPP-3449
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 242.6 x 209.5 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

The Consequences of War, c.1637/38 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Consequences of War c.1637/38

Oil Painting
$8834
Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: RPP-3450
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 206 x 345 cm
Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

The Three Graces, 1639 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Three Graces 1639

Oil Painting
$4833
Canvas Print
$61.79
SKU: RPP-3451
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 221 x 181 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Judgement of Paris, c.1639 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Judgement of Paris c.1639

Oil Painting
$7640
Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: RPP-3452
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 199 x 379 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns, c.1638/40 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Diana and her Nymphs Surprised by the Fauns c.1638/40

Oil Painting
$10338
Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: RPP-3453
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 129.5 x 315.2 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Garden of Love, c.1633 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Garden of Love c.1633

Oil Painting
$11041
Canvas Print
$51.72
SKU: RPP-3454
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 199 x 286 cm
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The Battle of the Amazons, 1618 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Battle of the Amazons 1618

Oil Painting
$10818
Canvas Print
$55.53
SKU: RPP-3455
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 121 x 165 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Drunken Bacchus and Satyrs (Silenus), c.1617/18 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Drunken Bacchus and Satyrs (Silenus) c.1617/18

Oil Painting
$5368
Canvas Print
$73.50
SKU: RPP-3456
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 205 x 211 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Portrait of Helena Fourment, c.1630 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Helena Fourment c.1630

Oil Painting
$822
Canvas Print
$55.80
SKU: RPP-3457
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 65 x 50 cm
Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

Helena Fourment in a Fur Wrap (Het Pelsken), 1638 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Helena Fourment in a Fur Wrap (Het Pelsken) 1638

Oil Painting
$1420
Canvas Print
$49.39
SKU: RPP-3458
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 176 x 83 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Duke of Buckingham, c.1625 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Duke of Buckingham c.1625

Oil Painting
$884
Canvas Print
$56.61
SKU: RPP-3460
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 63 x 48 cm
Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

The Straw Hat (Portrait of Susanna Lunden), c.1625 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

The Straw Hat (Portrait of Susanna Lunden) c.1625

Oil Painting
$1171
Canvas Print
$51.86
SKU: RPP-3461
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 79 x 54.6 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Mars and Rhea Silvia, c.1616/17 by Rubens | Painting Reproduction

Mars and Rhea Silvia c.1616/17

Oil Painting
$935
Canvas Print
$52.53
SKU: RPP-3462
Peter Paul Rubens
Original Size: 46 x 66 cm
Collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

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