Let Rubens Guide You in his Hometown Antwerp

Let Rubens Guide You in his Hometown Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium (B)

What better way to discover Antwerp than to follow in the footsteps of its greatest master, Pieter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)! Admire his artwork, visit his house, meet his friends and discover the places he frequented during the Golden Age of the harbour city on the Scheldt River.

Already a trained painter, in 1600, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) decided to travel to Italy to study treasures from classical Antiquity and contemporary Italian art. For 8 years, the Flemish painter travelled to Bologna, Florence, Genoa, Venice and Rome before coming back to his hometown of Antwerp to set up his workshop. The timing was right: after more than four decades of religious wars between Catholics and Protestants, the Twelve Years’ Truce (1609-1621) brought hope and trade back to the estuary city on the Scheldt River.

The demand for illustrating theological teachings was high in the northernmost catholic city in Europe. Rubens’ experience in Italy helped him secure religious commissions, and his talented use of vibrant colours and dynamic figures that he honed in the peninsula sustained his success. Rubens later became one of the leading voices of the Catholic Counter-Reformation style. The demand for art work for private homes and civic buildings also allowed Rubens to establish the most significant workshop in the city. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Let Rubens Guide You in his Hometown Antwerp
Guide Location: Belgium » Antwerp
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on Author's Website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2021/07/07/guide-to-rubens-antwerp/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Rubens’ House
  • the Cathedral of our Lady
  • Saint James Church
  • Snijders & Rockox House
  • Saint Charles Borromeo Church
  • The Mayer Van den Bergh Museum
  • The Plantin-Moretus Museum
  • De Ruien
  • Handelsbeurs
  • The Vlaeykensgang
  • Grote Markt
  • Hotel Rubens Grote Markt