Peter Paul Rubens
One of the most influential figures in Baroque art Peter Paul Rubens was born #onthisday in 1577. He ran a successful studio in Antwerp where he created works collected by nobility and royalty. This emotive altarpiece was commissioned for a cathedral in Antwerp. 'The Descent from the Cross' by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino, 1606. Oil on canvas, cm 241 x 140 cm. Private Collection. Another Rubens portrait, of another Genoese lady, from the same year as the one of Marchesa Brigida Spinola-Doria, 1606. The sitter is Maria Serra Pallavicino, wife of Nicolò Pallavicino, who was host to Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, in that year. Rubens was on the Duke’s paylist, and the portrait was probably a present.