About Peter Paul Rubens:
Peter Paul Rubens was born in Siegen, Westphalia. His father, a Calvinist, and mother fled Antwerp for Cologne in 1568, after increased religious turmoil and persecution of Protestants during the rule of the Spanish Hollands by the Duke of Alba. Peter Paul Rubens was a prolific artist. His commissioned works were mostly religious subjects, "history" paintings, which included mythological subjects, and hunt scenes. He painted portraits, especially of friends, and self-portraits, and in later life painted several landscapes. Peter Paul Rubens Paintings
can be divided into three categories: those painted by Peter Paul Rubens himself, those which he painted in part, and those he only supervised.
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