About the artist
Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish Baroque painter, draughtsman and diplomat. He is considered one of the most influential artists of the 17th century, and his works are well known for their dynamic composition, colour and movement. Rubens was a highly successful court painter and diplomat, and was knighted by both Philip IV, King of Spain, and Charles I, King of England. He was also a prolific artist, producing over 2000 works in his lifetime. His style was heavily influenced by classical art, and he was a master of the use of oil paint. Rubens was also a highly successful art collector, and his collection of Italian Renaissance art was one of the largest in Europe.
Also associated with: Flemish Baroque, dynamic composition, colour and movement, court painter and diplomat, master of oil paint, art collector, Italian Renaissance art.