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Peter Paul Rubens 
Masterful Flemish  Baroque Painter

Artistically and stylistically influenced  the following painters;  -Titian, Tintoretto, and Paul Veronese and Michelangelo

Birth - Pieter Pauwel Rubens was born
to Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelinx on June 28, 1577 in the quaint berg of Siegen, Westphalia

 Education -  apprenticed to Adam Van Noort

 Cause of death - gout, systemic disease, at the age of 63

According to art historian Clara Erskine Clement "He was a bright, scholarly boy, and soon showed his love for drawing. When he began to study art under Adam van Noort he had already a good education. During the four years he passed with this teacher he learned thoroughly all the technical part of painting; then, in another four years under Otto Vænius, he cultivated his taste and the more poetical elements of his nature, for Vænius was a very learned and elegant man. In 1598, when twenty-one years old, Rubens was admitted to the guild of painters in Antwerp. Two years later he went to Venice, and, after studying the works of Titian and Paul Veronese there, he entered the service of the Duke of Mantua, to whom he had been recommended by the governor of the Netherlands."

Clara Erskine Clement further states "In painting Rubens was almost a universal genius, for he left a great variety of works as well as a great number. About one thousand eight hundred are ascribed to him: doubtless his pupils did much work on these; but there is something of himself in all. They include historical, scriptural, and mythological subjects, portraits, animals, genre pictures, and landscapes. His style is a strange mingling of northern and southern elements. His handling and his arrangement of his subjects was like that of the Italians; but his figures, even when he represented Christ and the holiest men, were like Spanish kings or German peasants, or somebody whom he had seen."

 Peter Paul Rubens Quotations

A painting, if the light is just so, can turn into a luminescent inferno which may reveal for just a moment the soul of the artist . ~ Peter Paul Rubens

My talent is such that no undertaking, however vast in size... has ever surpassed my courage.  ~ Peter Paul Rubens

I paint a woman's big rounded buttocks so that I want to reach out and stroke the dimpled flesh. ~ Peter Paul Rubens

Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a souls own wretchedness. ~ Peter Paul Rubens

I'm just a simple man standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration.~ Peter Paul Rubens

My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings. ~ Peter Paul Rubens

Painting a young maiden is similar to cavorting with great abandon. It is the finest refreshment. ~ Peter Paul Rubens

Art Quotes submitted by Anneken Metternich

More About Rubens

Rubens studio was a magnet for talent and his more imaginative students included Anthony Van Dyck, Cornelis de Vos and Simon de Vos

Rubens spoke fluent German French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish

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