Peter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577 in the Holy Roman Empire, in what is now Germany. He was a Flemish artist, one of Baroque art’s most influential. His art is filled with energy and action, sensuality and drama. His work is charged with color, and once one notices it at all it is hard to walk away. His style was one particularly encouraged during the time of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Rubens was instrumental in this time in history, creating altar pieces, as well as portraits, landscapes, history scenes, mythological scenes, and more. He was knighted in both Spain and England.
Below are shown Descent from the Cross, Landscape with the Ruins of Mount Palatine in Rome, Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder,
Adam and Eve, a self portrait, Immaculate Conception,
and The Holy Family with Saint Anne.