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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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Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG 2391

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, 1629
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2391

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG 1652

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, (circa 1630)
NPG 1652

Pope Urban VIII (Maffeo Barbarini), after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D26217

Pope Urban VIII (Maffeo Barbarini)

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26217

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D27272

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, circa 1630
NPG D27272

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 Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D5236

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D5236

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, by John Simon, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D19704

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D19704

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

Landscape with a waggon, by William Faithorne, after  Schelte Bolswert, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D23010

Landscape with a waggon

by William Faithorne, after Schelte Bolswert, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, circa 1650s-1680s
NPG D23010

Narcissus, published by John Smith, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D11838

Narcissus

published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, 1683
NPG D11838

Roman Charity, published by John Smith, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D11904

Roman Charity

published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, circa 1683-1729
NPG D11904

Maximilian de Bethune, duc de Sully, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D26227

Maximilian de Bethune, duc de Sully

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D26227

Thomas Parr, by George Powle, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D18613

Thomas Parr

by George Powle, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
drypoint, 18th century
NPG D18613

Thomas Parr, by George Powle, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D18614

Thomas Parr

by George Powle, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
drypoint, 18th century
NPG D18614

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D26490

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D26490

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D26505

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D26505

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

Thomas Parr, by George Powle, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D28498

Thomas Parr

by George Powle, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
drypoint, mid to late 18th century
NPG D28498

Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia, by Andrew Miller, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D34778

Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia

by Andrew Miller, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, 1730s-1740s
NPG D34778

Probably Helena Fourment (later Rubens), by James Macardell, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG D45865

Probably Helena Fourment (later Rubens)

by James Macardell, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, circa 1746-1765 (circa 1630-1632)
NPG D45865

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