Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Flemish painter born at Sieghen, died at Anvers (1577-2640), author of a great number of paintings, among which: The Descent from the Cross (in the Cathedral of Anvers), Crucifixion of St. Peter, Portrait of Helene Fourment and Her Children, History of Maria de Medicis, etc. In his painting, there is a brimful, powerful imagination, an energy of the drawing, and a certain verve of the color touches, combined with brilliant colors. Rubens was the protege of the Archduke Albet, Governor of the Netherlands, and of the King Phillip II of Spain, of the Queen of France, Marie de Medicis, and finally a protege of the King of England, Charles I.

Among his other paintings, Samson and Delilah, The Garden of Love and The Massacre of the Innocents.

e.g. Tintoretto, Pieta, etc.