Peter Paul Rubens


The Rubens House in Antwerp

Did you know that the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens was based in Antwerp.

He had his studio in Antwerp. He was not only a painter but also an ambassador and a diplomat. He married Isabella Brant, the daughter of a leading Antwerp citizen Jan Brant.

In 1610 he moved into a new house and studio which is now the Rubenshuis Museum. This villa in the center of Antwerp is Italian-influenced and accommodated his workshop, where he and his apprentices made most of the paintings.

One of his most famous pupils was Anthony van Dyck, who soon become the leading Flemish portraitist.

He also had another house in Antwerp, in the polder village of Doel. He named this the “Hooghuis”.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Cornice decoration for the high altar at the Jesuit Church in Antwerp (?)

Oil sketch on panel

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

St Clare of Assisi

Oil sketch on Panel


Bust of 'Seneca'

Roman, first century Marble

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)


Oil on panel

While Rubens's international reputation with collectors and nobility abroad continued to grow , he and his workshop also continued to paint monumental paintings for local patrons in Antwerp.

Rubens's last decade was spent in and around Antwerp. In 1635, Rubens bought an estate outside Antwerp, the Steen, where he spent much of his time.

Rubens died from heart failure, on 30 May 1640. He was interred in Saint James' Church, Antwerp.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Portrait of the Emperor Servius Sulpicius Galba

Oil on panel

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Adam and Eve

Oil on panel

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Saint Matthew

Oil on panel/wood