Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640
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Collected by major museums
Tate, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2016
Portrait of the Artist,
Royal Collection Trust
2015
Rubens and His Legacy: From Van Dyck to Cézanne,
Royal Academy of Arts
The Golden Cabinet. Royal Museum at the Rockox House,
Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts

Peter Paul Rubens, one of the great Flemish artists of the 17th century, was a prominent figure in the Catholic church, the royal courts, and commercial centers of the Low Country. Trained in Antwerp, Rubens traveled to Italy in 1600 where he absorbed the work of Italian artists such as Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Correggio, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, and Annibale Carracci. A highly expressive and imaginative artist, Rubens was also one of the busiest and most entrepreneurial—he set up a large workshop, staffed with apprentices and students, that turned out numerous religious pictures, mythological scenes, classical and modern history paintings, and portraits. Rubens influenced many younger artists for centuries, including Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Théodore Géricault, and Eugène Delacroix. The term “Rubenesque” is still used to describe large, …

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