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Sir Peter Paul Rubens

(1577-1640), Painter

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Artist associated with 40 portraits
An exponent of the Baroque style, and a pre-eminent artist of the seventeenth century. He was a leading painter of altarpieces, history painting, large-scale decorations and landscapes. Born in Germany, Rubens moved to Antwerp in around 1588, where he trained with Otto van Veen. He travelled in Italy between 1600 and 1608, where he was influenced by ancient and Italian Renaissance art. In 1609, he became court painter to Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella, Governors of the Netherlands for Spain. From 1628 to 1630, Rubens returned to Spain, where he met Velázquez, then came to England. A scholar, collector and diplomat, he was knighted by Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England.

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by Johannes Meyssens, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28249

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28249

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by Elias Widemann - NPG D28252

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by Elias Widemann
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28252

Sir Peter Paul Rubens; Sir Anthony Van Dyck, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D38809

Sir Peter Paul Rubens; Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D38809

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by Wenceslaus Hollar - NPG D9935

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D9935

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, after Wenceslaus Hollar - NPG D17866

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

after Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, (mid 17th century)
NPG D17866

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by and published by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D19675

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by and published by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
engraving, (1632)
NPG D19675

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28250

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
stipple and line engraving, mid to late 18th century
NPG D28250

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by John Girtin - NPG D28253

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by John Girtin
etching, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28253

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28263

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28263

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28251

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28251

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28248

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens and family

by James Macardell, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, mid 18th century
NPG D28247

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Sir Peter Paul Rubens

by Charles Townley, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, published 1778
NPG D28254

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