Peter Paul Rubens ( Pedro Pablo Rubens, Pieter Pauwel Rubens * 1577 † 1640 )

Peter Paul Rubens - selfportrait

Biography of Peter Paul Rubens

The incarnation of Baroque (1577 - 1640)

On June 28, 1577, Rubens was born in Siegen, Netherlands. He followed a humanist and Catholic teaching. He studied landscape painting with Tobias Verhaecht in Antwerp. He continued his studies with Adam van Noort and Otta van Veen, between 1592 and 1598. In 1598, he was considered as the master of the guild Saint Luke in Antwerp. Between 1600 and 1608, Rubens was the court painter and diplomat of Vincenzo Gonzage, the Duke of Mantoue. He travelled to Rome, Genoa and Spain. His Mannerist influences were replaced by a more Baroque style. In 1608, he returned to Antwerp and became the painter of Duke Albert. Rubens then founded his school of painting and married Isabella Brant. In 1622, he became a full-time diplomat for the courts of Spain, France and England. After the death of his wife in 1630, he married Hélène Fourmet. Then he died in Antwerp on May 30, 1640.

Art prints and oil reproductions by Peter Paul Rubens

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