Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
PETER PAUL RUBENS PORTRAIT MEDAL
HART, Laurent Joseph: Belgium, 1840, Bronze, 72 mm
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish painter, engraver, designer and architect and the most influential Baroque artist of Northern Europe. He was born in Westphalia but worked in several European countries, including Belgium (particularly in Antwerp, where they erected a monument in his honor), Italy and France, gaining an international reputation with his huge, vigorous paintings. Rubens worked for many of the royal families of Europe, his most notable commissions including 25 gigantic paintings of Marie de' Medici and a group of more than 100 mythological paintings for Philip IV of Spain. He was also appointed court painter to Archduke Albert of Brussels, was knighted by Charles I of England, and again by Philip IV of Portugal upon his completion of negotiations establishing a treaty between Portugal and England. This medal, showing his monument in Antwerp, commemorates the 200th year of his death.
LINK to BIOGRAPHY AND PAINTINGS BY RUBENS (from WebMuseum by Nicholas Pioch)
LINK to Peter Paul Rubens website (from Artsy.net)