Peter Paul Rubens


Jacob Jordaens
(Visual Arts)
Daniel Seghers
(Visual Arts)
Willem van Haecht
(Visual Arts)
Anthony van Dyck
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Peter Paul Rubens

Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Paul_Rubens


Peter Paul Rubens

Flemish Baroque painteradd

Category: Visual Arts

Born in 1577, deceased in 1640.

Countries: Belgium (46%), Italy (17%), United Kingdom (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jacob Jordaens, David Teniers the Younger, Daniel Seghers

Linked to: University of Cambridge, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Princeton University Press, Cornell University Press




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Peter Paul Rubens was born in 1577. add something


Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria.
oil on canvas


In 1589, two years after his father's death, Rubens moved with his mother to Antwerp, where he was raised as a Catholic. add something


Tobias Verhaecht - Peter Paul Rubens, who was a relative by marriage, studied with him around 1592, and another student was his own son, Willem van Haecht


Otto van Veen - He is known for running a large studio in Antwerp, producing several emblem books, and for being, from 1594 or 1595 until 1598, Peter Paul Rubens's teacher


Rubens completed his education in 1598, at which time he entered the Guild of St. Luke as an independent master. add something


In 1600, Rubens travelled to Italy. add something


Deodat del Monte - Delmonte travelled on a Grand Tour to Italy from 1600 to 1608, where he met and became friends with Peter Paul Rubens


With financial support from the Duke, Rubens travelled to Rome by way of Florence in 1601. add something


Selbstporträt des Malers mit seiner Frau Isabella Brant in der Geißblattlaube

oil on canvas , 1601


Adam Elsheimer - Both Faber and Bril knew Rubens, who was in Rome in 1601, and who became another friend, later reproaching Elsheimer for not producing more work


Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma


He returned to Italy in 1604, where he remained for the next four years, first in Mantua and in Genoa and Rome . add something


The Virgin and Child Adored by Angels, 1608, oil on slate and copper. add something


The Virgin and Child Adored by Angels

painting , 1608


His return coincided with a period of renewed prosperity in the city with the signing of Treaty of Antwerp in April 1609, which initiated the Twelve Years' Truce. add something


In September of 1609 Rubens was appointed as court painter by Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain, sovereigns of the Low Countries. add something


Rubens further cemented his ties to the city when, on 3 October 1609, he married Isabella Brant, the daughter of a leading Antwerp citizen and humanist, Jan Brant. add something


In 1610, Rubens moved into a new house and studio that he designed. add something


The Elevation of the Cross

oil on canvas , 1610

Gefesselter Prometheus

oil on canvas , 1611


Francois d'Aguilon - His book, "Opticorum Libri Sex philosophis juxta ac mathematicis utiles" , published in Antwerp in 1613, was illustrated by famous painter Peter Paul Rubens


Diana Presentig the Catch to Pan

oil on canvas , 1615


oil on canvas , 1615


Willem van Haecht - He studied under Peter Paul Rubens, worked in Paris from 1615 to 1619, and travelled to Italy for about seven years


Jan Wildens - Upon returning to Antwerp after a stay of three years, he became a frequent collaborator with Peter Paul Rubens until 1620


After the end of the Twelve Years' Truce in 1621, the Spanish Habsburg rulers entrusted Rubens with a number of diplomatic missions. add something


In 1621, the Queen Mother of France, Marie de' Medici, commissioned Rubens to paint two large allegorical cycles celebrating her life and the life of her late husband, Henry IV, for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris . add something


Urteil des Paris
oil on panel


It was during this period that Rubens was twice knighted, first by Philip IV of Spain in 1624, and by Charles I of England in 1630. add something


Portrait of Prince Ladislaus Vasa.

oil on canvas , 1624


The Marie de' Medici cycle was installed in 1625, and although he began work on the second series it was never completed. add something


Gerard van Honthorst - In 1626 Honthorst hosted a dinner for Rubens, and painted him as the honest man sought for and found by Diogenes


Between 1627 and 1630, Rubens's diplomatic career was particularly active, and he moved between the courts of Spain and England in an attempt to bring peace between the Spanish Netherlands and the United Provinces. add something


Diego Velazquez - In September 1628, Peter Paul Rubens came to Madrid as an emissary from the Infanta Isabella, and Velazquez accompanied him to view the Titians at the Escorial.


He was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University in 1629. add something


Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan - This work was created in Rome without commission at the request of the painter Peter Paul Rubens who had visited Spain in 1629


In 1630, four years after the death of his first wife, the 53-year-old painter married 16-year-old Helène Fourment. add something


His stay in Antwerp was brief, and he soon travelled on to London where he remained until April 1630. add something


Feasting and dancing peasants.

oil on panel , 1630


Gerard Seghers - After 1630, his palette lightens up considerably and the influence of Peter Paul Rubens is noticeable in paintings like the "Adoration of the Magi" in the Church of Our Lady, Bruges


Jan Cossiers - During the 1630s his painting was more strongly influenced by the monumentality and coloring of Peter Paul Rubens, with whom he assisted on large projects


Artus Wolffort - Many of his paintings demonstrate the influence of Peter Paul Rubens either compositionally or, especially after about 1630, stylistically


He remained close to the Archduchess Isabella until her death in 1633, and was called upon not only as a painter but as an ambassador and diplomat. add something


He oversaw the ephemeral decorations of the Joyous Entry into Antwerp by the Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand in 1635. add something


In 1635, Rubens bought an estate outside of Antwerp, the Steen, where he spent much of his time. add something


The Three Graces

oil on canvas , 1635

Rückkehr der Bauern vom Feld

oil on panel , 1637


David Teniers the Younger - The only trace of personal relations having existed between Teniers and Rubens is the fact that the ward of the latter, Anne Breughel, the daughter of Jan Breughel, married Teniers in 1637

Major work

Château de Steen with Hunter by Peter Paul Rubens


Buy this Art Print


Das Pelzchen Porträt der Hélène Fourment
oil on panel

Major work

1638 - Mercury and Argus by Peter Paul Rubens


Jacob Jordaens - Although the works are lost, Jordaens was commissioned in 1639-40 by Charles I to finish decorating the Queen's chambers at Greenwich, a commission which was originally given to Rubens, who was unable to execute due to his poor health


Jacob Jordaens - He would later buy the adjoining house to expand his household and workspace in 1639, mimicking Rubens's house built two decades earlier


Peter Paul Rubens died in 1640 add something


Rubens died from heart failure, which was a result of his chronic gout on 30 May 1640 add something


Jacob Jordaens - After Rubens' death in 1640 Jordeans became Antwerp's new leading artist


Simon de Vos - After 1640, De Vos turned away from genre scenes altogether and painted mostly small cabinet paintings of history subjects, influenced stylistically at first by Peter Paul Rubens and increasingly by Anthony van Dyck


Jacob Jordaens - His efforts are in vain, however, as Rubens dies on 30 May 1640


Musee des Augustins - In a series of shipments culminating in 1811, Toulouse was enriched with works by Guercino, Pietro Perugino, Rubens and Philippe de Champaigne


King[APO]s College, Cambridge - In 1961 property millionaire Alfred E. Allnatt offered King's the "Adoration of the Magi" by Peter Paul Rubens, which he had purchased in 1959 for a world-record price


David Teniers the Younger - Still Life, Vision and the Devotional Image", Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 Other artists involved in the early development of the genre included Hendrick van Balen, Andries Daniels, Peter Paul Rubens and Daniel Seghers


Jan Philips van Thielen - Still Life, Vision and the Devotional Image", Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 Other artists involved in the early development of the genre included his master Daniel Seghers, Andries Daniels and Peter Paul Rubens


Painting - At the end of 2013 this remained the record auction price for an Old Master painting add something


Painting - This painting that had been deemed lost for nearly 400 years was rediscovered in 2017 in Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland add something


George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham - Yet another Rubens portrait was rediscovered in 2017, when the painter's preparatory portrait of Buckingham, of which the final version is lost, but was known through copies, was identified at Pollok House in Scotland


David Teniers the Younger - Web. 13 March 2017 He was the founder of the Antwerp Academy, where young artists were trained to draw and sculpt in the hope of reviving Flemish art after its decline following the death of the leading Flemish artists Rubens and Anthony van Dyck in the early 1640s