Peter Paul Rubens

South Netherlandish painter and draughtsman Peter Paul Rubens was a prominent artist of the 17th century. Amongst his best works are The Descent from the Cross, Wolf and Fox Hunt, and The Garden of Love. His baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. He mainly painted biblical and mythological scenes, but also produced an abundance of portraits. After his retirement to a grand country estate, Rubens would mainly paint landscapes. In his travels, Rubens was influenced by the works of Michelangelo and Raphael. His income was largely commission-based, and sometimes he would accept more than he could handle. He utilized other artists to do a large portion of his work – Rubens would set up and draw a composition and add the finished touches.

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