13 Famous Paintings by Peter Paul Rubens

6. Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen

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Or simply the Het Steen, it’s a landscape painting and a prominent piece of Rubens’ later work. Several art critics consider it as a prominent artwork of Baroque era. The 131cm x 229cm painting shows the landscape surrounding of Rubens’ Het Steen estate near Antwerp. It also includes a cart, his manor, and a hunter. The work was completed in 1636 and is displayed at the National Gallery, London. The painting was donated by British art patron George Beaumont.

7. Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt

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The work was commissioned by Maximilian I, a prince-elector of the Holy Roman empire, to adorn the Schleissheim Palace in Munich. Measuring 248cm x 321cm, the painting shows a group of hunters along with hunting dogs attacking a crocodile and a hippopotamus. Widely accepted as among the best Peter Paul Rubens paintings, the work is a proof of his mastery over drama, which is further accentuated by the composition, texture, and color. The work is displayed at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario.

8. Massacre of the Innocents

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The piece was rediscovered in 2001, and a year later, was auctioned off for a record $117 million. It’s one of the two Peter Paul Rubens paintings, inspired by a Biblical story with the same title. The new owner Kenneth Thompson (1923-2006), a Canadian art collector, loaned the painting to National Gallery, London, and later donated it to Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, where it can be viewed even today.

9. Disembarkation at Marseilles

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It’s one of the 21 paintings that comprise the Marie de’ Medici cycle and depicts Marie’s arrival as the new queen of France. Disembarkation at Marseilles shows Rubens’ mastery to convert an insignificant historical event into extraordinary artwork. The painting depicts Marie, and her aunt and sister coming down from a ship along with several mythological characters who guard them on their way to Marseilles. Marie de’ Medici herself had commissioned the painting, and is now available for public viewing at the Louvre, along with the other 20 pieces.

10. Horror of War

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Also known as Consequences of War, Peter Paul Rubens painted the picture for Ferdinando II de’ Medici, the then Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1639. The painting is widely believed to symbolize the horrors of the Thirty Years War that was raging across central Europe at that time. Mars, the Roman god of war, can be seen at the centre of the painting. Venus, the Roman goddess of love, is shown trying to stop Mars and prevent the war. The painting, measuring 206cm x 345cm is displayed at Palazzo Pitti, Florence.

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