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Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

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Birth Year : 1577
Death Year : 1640
Country : Netherlands

Rubens, the great Flemish Baroque master, was born in Germany while his Protestant father was in exile. Rubens did not comeback to his family’s native Antwerp until after his father’s death in 1589. He was then brought up Catholic and received a classical education before studying art with three different Flemish artists. He became a member of the Antwerp Painters’ Guild in 1598. In 1600, Rubens left for Italy. Except for a brief trip to Spain, he remained in Italy for eight years, It was during this time that he showed the ideas and influences of Michelangelo, Raphael, Correggio, and his contemporaries, the Caracci and Caravaggio. He produced religious works at this time that already more than hinted at his later style.

 

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