Today 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.
539 Years Ago Today!