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Famous Peter Paul Rubens Paintings

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List of famous Peter Paul Rubens paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. A celebrated artist around the world, Peter Paul Rubens has created some of the most historic paintings of all time. These popular Peter Paul Rubens paintings fetch insane amounts of money at art auctions, so if you want to buy one then start saving your money now. Going to museums can be expensive and time consuming, so scroll through this list to see paintings that Peter Paul Rubens created from the comfort of your own home. You can find additional information for these renowned Peter Paul Rubens paintings by clicking the names of the pieces.

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  • Assumption of the Virgin Mary
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    The Assumption of the Virgin Mary or Assumption of the Holy Virgin, is a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, completed in 1626 as an altarpiece for the high altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, where it remains. In Rubens' depiction of the Assumption of Mary, a choir of angels lifts her in a spiraling motion toward a burst of divine light. Around her tomb are gathered the 12 apostles — some with their arms raised in awe; others reaching to touch her discarded shroud. The women in the painting are thought to be Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary's two sisters. A kneeling woman holds a flower, referring to the lilies that miraculously filled the empty coffin. The Antwerp Cathedral of Our...  more
    • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
    • Subject: Assumption of Mary
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Baroque
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    Honeysuckle Bower

    Honeysuckle Bower
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    The Honeysuckle Bower is a self-portrait of the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens and his first wife Isabella Brant. They wed on 3 October 1609, in St. Michael's Abbey, Antwerp, shortly after he had returned to the city after eight years in Italy. The painting is a full-length double portrait of the couple seated in a bower of honeysuckle. They are surrounded by love and marriage symbolism: the honeysuckle and garden are both traditional symbols of love, and the holding of right hands represents union through marriage. Additionally, Rubens depicts himself as an aristocratic gentleman with his left hand on the hilt of his sword....  more
    • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
    • Art Form: Painting
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  • The Descent from the Cross
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    The Descent from the Cross is the central panel of a triptych painting by Peter Paul Rubens in 1612–1614. The painting is the second of Rubens's great altarpieces for the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium, along with The Elevation of the Cross. The subject was one Rubens returned to again and again in his career. This particular work was commissioned on September 7, 1611, by the Confraternity of the Arquebusiers, whose Patron Saint was St. Christopher....  more
    • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
    • Subject: Descent from the Cross
    • Genres (Art): History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Baroque
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  • The Elevation of the Cross
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    The Elevation of the Cross is a triptych painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, completed in 1610-1611. Peter Paul Rubens painted The Elevation of the Cross after returning to Flanders from Italy. The work shows the clear influence of Italian Renaissance and Baroque artists such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Michelangelo. The central panel illustrates a tension between the multitude of finely muscled men attempting to lift the cross and the seemingly unbearable weight of Christ on the cross. Peter Paul Rubens' foreshortening is evident in the contortions of the struggling, strapping men. Christ cuts across the central panel in a diagonal, stylistically akin to Caravaggio's...  more
    • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
    • Subject: Passion
    • Genres (Art): Religious image, History painting
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Baroque
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