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Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 — 30 May 1640), was a Flemish Baroque painter, and a proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasised movement, colour, 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 that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV, King of Spain, and Charles I, King of England.

Rubens was a prolific artist. His commissioned works were mostly religious subjects, “history” paintings, which included mythological subjects, and hunt scenes. He painted portraits, especially of friends, and self-portraits, and in later life painted several landscapes. Rubens designed tapestries and prints, as well as his own house. He also oversaw the ephemeral decorations of the Joyous Entry into Antwerp by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand in 1635.

Paintings can be divided into three categories in his workshop — those he painted by himself, those he painted in part (mainly hands and faces), and those he only supervised. He had, as was usual at the time, a large workshop with many apprentices and students, some of whom, such as Anthony Van Dyck, became famous in their own right. He also often sub-contracted elements such as animals or still-life in large compositions to specialists such as Frans Snyders, or other artists such as Jacob Jordaens.

The Value of Peter Paul Rubens Paintings

At a Sotheby’s auction on 10 July 2002, Rubens’s newly discovered painting Massacre of the Innocents sold for £49.5 million ($76.2 million) to Lord Thomson. It is a current record for an Old Master painting. The 1976–1977 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour.

Some of Rubens Artwork

The Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1611. Art Gallery of Ontario

Venus at the Mirror, 1615

Diana Presenting the Catch to Pan, 1620. National Museum of Serbia

Hippopotamus Hunt (1616). Rubens is known for the frenetic energy and lusty ebullience of his paintings.

Portrait of Władysław IV, 1624

Portrait of Hélène Fourment (Het Pelsken), c. 1630s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The Château de Steen with Hunter, c. 1635–8 (National Gallery, London)

Diana and Callisto, 1639, Museo del Prado

The Judgment of Paris, 1639, Museo del Prado

Peter Paul Rubens Quotes

I paint a woman’s big rounded buttocks so that I want to reach out and stroke the dimpled flesh.

Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a souls own wretchedness.

Painting a young maiden is similar to cavorting with great abandon. It is the finest refreshment.

My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings.

I’m just a simple man standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration.

Each morning I shoo the beggars and cripples from my door stoop. If God wanted these vermin to eat surely he would provide them with substance.