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Peter Paul Rubens- portrait. (1577-1640). Peter Paul Rubens. By: Carly Rose Roy. Early Years. Born in Seigen Germany, June 28 th 1577. His parents were Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelincks . He was the 6 th child. from the age of 10 he lived and went to school in Antwerp.

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early years
Early Years
  • Born in Seigen Germany, June 28th 1577.
  • His parents were Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelincks.
  • He was the 6th child.
  • from the age of 10 he lived and went to school in Antwerp
family backstory
Family backstory

Peter’s family portrait.

  • Jan Rubens was a lawyer who fled type Germany Because of religious reasons.
  • He had an Affair with the wife of William the Silent and was thrown into prison.
  • He was released after 2 years because of his wife’s persistence. He moved to Siegen where his wife gave birth to Peter.
  • Jan Rubens died in 1587.
  • Peters now widowed mother returned to Antwerp, Belgium with her three children.
  • Peter was schooled in Greek and Latin he then became a messenger to a noble woman.
  • He also received a full artisticeducation.
  • He was admitted into Antwerp's professional guild for painters in 1598.
  • In 1600, Rubens traveled to Italy, where he viewed the art of such Renaissance masters as Titian and Tintoretto in Venice, and Raphael and Michelangelo in Rome
art work connection
ART work- connection

This is one of peter paulruben’s work, titled: Pythagoras advocating vegetarianism (1618-1620) this reflects the Renaissance art work because of the amount of detail, the emotions, the nudity. And the acceptance and use of nature.


Two Sleeping Children

Peter Paul Rubens


artistic abilities
Artistic abilities
  • He was a prolific seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter
  • Rubens's major business was altarpieces, particularly suitable for an artist who enjoyed working on a grand scale.
  • From the mid-1620s Rubens become increasingly busy with diplomatic duties.
  • In 1622 Rubens was commissioned to carry out a huge project in Paris for the notoriously difficult Maria de Medici, widow of King Henry IV of France
  • He commissioned many paintings for Charles I.
end of life and death
End of life and death
  • Rubens fled to Brussels during the black plague.
  • Rubens wife died of the plague and from a man whousuallyprided himself on his stoicism, Rubens was devastated by the loss of 'one whom I must love and cherish as long as I live’.
  • He threw himself into work after his massive loss.
  • In 1630, at the age of 53, Rubens married again to Hélène Fourment, the 16 year-old daughter of a respectable merchant family. He had 5 children with her.
  • in 1639 a very bad health attack left Rubens unable to paint and create and so he died a few months later in May 1640.