Peter Paul Rubens: Biography, Paintings & Style


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Peter Paul Rubens studied and worked in Italy between:

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1. Rubens was court painter in the Spanish Netherlands to:

2. Which of these paintings is Rubens' portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Peter Paul Rubens won fame and fortune for his portraits, altarpieces, historical scenes and landscapes painted in a new style that helped establish the Baroque Period in art. To help you better understand Rubens' work, this lesson outlines the major phases of his life and analyzes the style and themes of several of his best-known paintings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of this lesson on Rubens, you'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Facts about Rubens' education and training
  • Rubens' significant patrons
  • Characteristics of Rubens' portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria
  • Definition of a triptych
  • Facts about Rubens' personal life

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an explanation of Rubens' style and understand the key points
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Rubens' life and art
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the characteristics of Rubens' art

Additional Learning

To learn more about this artist who helped usher in a new era in art history, read the lesson, Peter Paul Rubens: Biography, Paintings & Style. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe Rubens' innovations in portraiture
  • Explain the key features of Rubens' style
  • Cite examples of how Italian Renaissance artists influenced Rubens
  • Describe the dramatic elements of Rubens' art
  • List some of Rubens' major works