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The life of Peter Paul Rubens was perhaps the most active and eventful of any artist in history.  He is regarded as the chief exponent of the Baroque style, merging the grace of the Italian High Renaissance with the realism and landscapes genres of the northern tradition.  His career mirrors rapidly developing politics of an emergent Europe, as not only did he paint for the Italian nobility, but for the Spanish, French and English courts.  Born a Protestant and raised as a Catholic in Antwerp, Rubens found himself on the front line of the Counter Reformation, both as a painter and a diplomat.  A highly versatile artist, Rubens was equally at home painting altarpieces, history and mythological scenes, portraits and landscapes.  He is perhaps best known for the voluptuous female nudes, which are often found in his large-scale mythological allegories.  In Antwerp Rubens ran a highly successful studio, employing many apprentices including Anthony van Dyck, who went on to become court painter to Charles I of England and Scotland.  Rubens was the most celebrated painter of the early 17th century, one of the most prolific in history and an artist who did much to develop different genres of painting.

Presented by Tim Marlow

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Scarcely a minute passed that was not packed with information, insight and enthusiasm

As ideal a presenter of a series on artists as you could hope to find” – Daily Mail

Marlow’s easy style and accessible language are as enjoyable as ever” – Time Out

Unpretentious and straightforward art history” – Financial Times

Directed by: Phil Grabsky, Ali Ray and Mehreen Saigol.

Produced by Phil Grabsky.