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Pieter Paul Rubens died a day like today in 1640
30 May, 2017
Rubens is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.
His was a renowned artist but also a diplomat, letter writer and entrepreneur, who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. His work was very much determined by the European context in political, social, religious and economic terms.
We highlight here the 2010 exhibition Rubens at the Prado Museum, as the Museum houses the largest and one of the world’s finest collections of works by Rubens. Also, the first international exhibition at the Louvre Lens was dedicated to this artist under the title The Europe of Rubens.
Top Image: Peter Paul Rubens Vénus et l’Amour Huile sur toile vers 1606-1611 © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid