About Peter Paul Rubens
In 1600, he travelled to Italy and Spain. It was clear even then that he was no ordinary talent as he soon enjoyed courtly and royal patronage. In 1608, he returned to Antwerp as the official court painter to the Low Countries. His studio on Wapper Square would become a hive of activity with many employees and students, producing many hundreds of creations and paintings to order.
He painted in various genres: from portraits to major projects, such as religious paintings and important series of historical paintings. He enjoyed a social position unparalleled among artists of his time and was widely recognized as one of the foremost painters in Western art history. He died in 1640 at his home on Antwerp’s Wapper Square.