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1) Peter Paul Rubens, born in Siegen, Holy Roman Empire on June 28, 1577 to May 30, 1640 (age 62), was a Flemish artist and diplomat from the Duchy of Brabant in the Southern Netherlands (Belgium today).
2) He is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history.
3) His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation.
4) Rubens was a painter producing altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His commissioned works were mostly history paintings.
5) He was also a prolific designer of cartoons for the Flemish tapestry workshops & of frontispieces for the publishers in Antwerp; one of the last major artists to make consistent use of wooden panels.
6) At a Sotheby's auction on 10 July 2002, Rubens's painting Massacre of the Innocents, rediscovered not long before, sold for 49.5 million pounds (US$76.2 million) to Lord Thomson.
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