539 Years Ago Today!

800px-Peter_Paul_Rubens_-_Descent_from_the_Cross_-_WGA20230Today we celebrate the birth of one of the most famous and successful European artist of the 17th Century — Peter Paul Rubens.    This Flemish Baroque painter was known for his realistic paintings on a variety of subjects including altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and historical paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.  One of my favorites: Descent from the Cross (1618) currently residing at the Hermitage Museum.  Rubens himself was influenced by a host of painters from the Renaissance: Caravaggio, Titian, Michelangelo, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  Rubens had an influence on the following artists: Anthony van Dyck, Diego Velázquez, Eugène Delacriox, Jacob Jordaens, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Domenico Fetti.

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