Rubens, Peter Paul
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Flemish painter, diplomat and collector of antiquities. Born Siegen (Westphalia) 28. 6. 1577, died Antwerp 30. 5. 1640. Trained as a painter in Antwerp from 1592; in Italy from 1600, e.g. as court painter to Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua. Travels to Madrid, Rome, Genoa and Milan. 1608 return to Antwerp, where his renown as a painter grew. Commissions, including from the French court. 1628–1630 diplomatic negotiation of a peace between England and Spain [9. 57–72].

Antiquarian works

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Boschung, Dietrich, “Rubens, Peter Paul”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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