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Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens was born in 1577 in Siegen, Westphalia. He is considered by many to be the greatest and most important painter of the 17th century. He began painting at age fourteen. By the time he was 21 his awarded the rank of master painter of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke. In 1600 he visited Italy, where he was inspired by the work of Titian, Paolo Veronese and Tinoretto, Michaelangelo, Raphael and antiquities. While in Italy, Rubens executed several important commissions and returned to Antwerp a successful painter. In 1609 he was appointed court painter to the Regent Albert and Isabella. He began his own workshop, training many pupils, including van Dyck, Jordaens, Snyders and Cornelis Vos. Rubens was sent on diplomatic trips to Spain and England to paint several commissions. Rubens painted in the Baroque style. He combined the northern and Flemish elements with those of Italy. He painted in very large formats, depicting biblical and mythological scenes, along with peasant scenes, landscapes and portraits. He was a pioneer in composition deign and color. Ruben's work is represented in major museums all over the world. He considered to premier Dutch artist of the 17th century.


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