Peter Paul Rubens Biography
(One of the Most Influential Artists of the Flemish Baroque Tradition)
Birthday: June 28, 1577 (Cancer)
Born In: Siegen, Germany
Peter Paul Rubens was a Dutch artist, who rose to become one of the most influential Baroque painters of his generation and also served as a diplomat for royal families in Europe. Rubens was born in an influential family and his father worked as a lawyer for the house of William I of Orange while his mother was an author. Following the untimely death of his father, Rubens moved to Antwerp with his mother and here he was educated in humanism before becoming an apprentice under some of the noted Mannerist painters of the time. Before long, Rubens became a well-known painter and moved around Europe as his work was more in demand amongst the royal families in the continent. On the other hand, he was also employed as a diplomat and he was honoured by the Spanish and English royal families for his contributions. Last but certainly not the least, Rubens also ran a studio in Antwerp in which he employed assistants and also taught budding painters. Plenty of notable paintings were produced by the students in that studio as his name as a noted painted spread further.