Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) is one of the greatest painters in European art history. This godfather of Baroque was a genius with a paintbrush, but also an architect, linguist, diplomat, art collector and prominent member of Antwerp society.
He lived and worked here for over half his life. This is where he created countless masterpieces. The palazzo continues to honour its spiritual father. It is now a museum, known as the Rubens House, and various masterpieces of his can be admired here. Where else can you be closer to Rubens’ life and work?
The rest of the city is just as proud to be marked by Rubens. The Cathedral of Our Lady contains four of his monumental paintings. In Saint James’ Church, where Rubens and his family are buried, one of his pieces is displayed above the altar. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (KMSKA) also has an impressive collection of his work. The Rubens halls are the beating heart of the renovated KMSKA.
After all, Rubens is Antwerp, and vice versa.