Collection: Peter Paul Rubens
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish Baroque painter and diplomat, known for his dynamic and sensual style. He was born in Siegen, Germany, but raised in Antwerp, Belgium, where he trained as an artist under various masters. Rubens' work is characterized by its dramatic use of light and shadow, vivid colors, and fluid brushstrokes. He was a prolific artist, producing over 1,400 paintings during his lifetime, including religious works, portraits, landscapes, and mythological scenes. Rubens' skill as a painter earned him widespread fame and patronage, and he was commissioned by many of the leading figures of his day, including the Spanish court and the Medici family. In addition to his art, Rubens also served as a diplomat, traveling extensively throughout Europe on diplomatic missions for the Spanish Netherlands. He died in Antwerp in 1640, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest artists of the Baroque era.