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Siegen 1577-06-28
Siegen is the most likely place of birth, given his birth date of 28-06-1577 (Van de Velde/Valkeneers 2013). His mother is documented in Siegen on 14-06-1577. Antwerp has also been proposed as his place of birth, on the account that he is documented as 'poorter' of Antwerp in 1618 (Tijs 2004).
Antwerpen 1640-05-30
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Rubens married Isabella Brant (1591 - 15 July 1626) on 3 October 1609. Together they had two sons, Albert and Nicolaes, and a daughter Clara; on 16 November 1630 he married for the second time with 16-year old Hélène Fourment, with whom he had further children, five of whom were still alive at the time of his death, among which were Clara Eugenia, Elisabeth, Constance-Albertina and Peter Paul
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  • Siegen
    Rubens' father Jan became secretary to Anna of Saxony, the second wife of William prince of Orange in 1570, for which reason the family moved from Cologne to Siegen in 1570. Here Rubens was born on 27 June 1577
  • Keulen 1578 - 1587
  • Antwerpen 1590 - 1600
    The Rubens-family returned to Antwerp in 1590 after the death of father Jan in 1578. In 1598 Rubens was registered as Master in the ‘Liggeren’ (ledgers) of the Guild of Saint Luke (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872, vol.1, p. 401)
  • Mantua 1600-05-09 - 1608
    Rubens left on 9 May 1600 for Italy, where he first entered the service of Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua.
  • Spanje 1603
    Rubens travelled in the company of Gonzaga's Ambassy to Spain, where he made some prestigious paintings
  • Antwerpen 1608
    Rubens returned post haste to Antwerp when he heard that his mother Maria Pypelinckx was in extremis.He was too late however, as she died on 19 October 1608. see: F. Vermeylen, 'Antwerp beckons. The reasons for Rubens´return to the Netherlands in 1608´, in: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 55 (2004), p. 17-33
  • Antwerpen 1609-07-23
    The Archdukes Isabella and Albert appointed Rubens as offical Court Painter with his seat in Antwerp
  • Antwerpen 1609-09-23
    On 23 September 1609 Rubens was exempt from registering his pupils in the 'Liggeren' of the Guild of Saint Luke (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872. vol.1, p. 558, note1)
  • Antwerpen 1609-10-03
    Rubens married Isabella Brant, daughter of Jan Brant., City Clerk (Stadsgriffier) of Antwerp
  • Antwerpen 1610 - 1611
    Rubens painted the ' Raising of the Cross' for Saint Walburgis Church (the French shut it down in 1798, after which the ruins were demolished eventually in 1816. The art work was first transferred to Paris, and, after the recuperation in 1815 distributed over divers churches and museums. The ' Raising of the Cross' was transferred to the Cathedral of Our Lady, where it now still is
  • Antwerpen 1611-03-21
    Daughter Clara Serena baptized in Saint Andrew's Church
  • Antwerpen 1611 - 1612
    Rubens painted the central part of 'the Descent from the Cross'in the Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Noordelijke Nederlanden (historische regio) 1612
    Rubens made a trip through Holland, visiting many scholars, humanists and colleagues, like Hendrick Goltzius in Haarlem. He was especially on the look-out for capable engravers to make prints after his compositions
  • Antwerpen 1614
    Rubens painted the two wings for 'the Descent from the Cross'in the Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Antwerpen 1614-06-05
    His son Albert was baptized, with archduke Albert as God-father
  • Antwerpen 1615
    Rubens moved into his house on the Wapper (the present-day Rubens House).
  • Antwerpen 1618-03-23
    His son Nicolaes was baptized, with Marchese Nicolo Palavicini from Genoa standing God-father
  • Antwerpen 1619 - 1620
    Painted, together with Anthony van Dyck the altar pieces and the ceilings of the Church of the Jesuits, the present day Church of Carolus Antwerp
  • 1622
    Designed the sketches and the cartoons for the series with the story of Constantine the Great
  • Parijs 1622-01-11 - 1622
    Signed the contract on 26February in Paris to decorate the Palais du Luxembourg with the Life of Maria de'Medici and Henry IV
  • Parijs 1623-05-23 - 1623-06-29
    Second stay in Paris
  • Antwerpen 1623-10
    Death of his daughter Clara Serena
  • 1624-06-05
    Rubens elevated to the peerage by Archduchess Isabella (Archduke Albert having died on 13 July 1621)
  • 1624
    Painted a.o. the 'Adoration of the Wise Men'for Saint Michael's Abbey (now the Royal Museum of Fine Art Antwerp) and the altarpiece for Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghendt
  • 1625-01-13
    Rubens became guardian of the minor children of Jan Brueghel I
  • Parijs 1625-02-04 - 1625-06-09
    Completion of the Medici-cycle in Paris
  • 1626-06-20
    Death of Isabella Brant.
  • 1626
    Rubens completed the 'Acension of the Virgin' for the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp
  • Calais 1626-11
    Rubens sold his collection of antique sculpture to the Duke of Buckingham through the mediation of Balthasar Gerbier. He had met George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham on 11 May 1625 in Paris at the time of the marriage of Charles I of England with princess Henrietta Maria of Bourbon. Buckingham visited Rubens on 19 November in his house in Antwerp
  • Parijs 1626-12
    Rubens returned to Paris, despite repeated attacks of the gout , after Buckingham's departure
  • Brussel 1627
    Several visits to Brussels in the company of Balthasar Gerbier
  • Noordelijke Nederlanden (historische regio) 1627-07-10 - 1627-08-06
    Rubens travelled through Holland in the company of Balthasar Gerbier. Visits to e.g.Breda, Rotterdam, Delft, Amsterdam, Utrecht; they returned to Antwerp by way of Brussels, where Rubens met with the Duke of Leganès
  • Antwerpen 1627-12 - 1628
    Designed the cartoons for the 'Triumph of the Eucharist' for the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia; the tapestries were taken into production in the Spring of 1628 in Brussels
  • 1628
    Willem Panneels was accepted by the Guild as Free Master after three years apprenticeship with Rubens; he became Rubens's deputy in the Antwerp Studio during his frequent absences. His copies after study material of Rubens are now kept in the Antwerp Printroom as 'Rubens cantoor'
  • Spanje 1628-08-26
    Diplomatic mission for the Archduchess to Spain, where he met with Velasquez in the Escorial . He copied many works by Titian there. Rubens was nominated secretary on 27 April for the Secret Council (the Secreta) of the king of Spain. He returned by way of Paris (29 April) and Brussels to Antwerp
  • Londen (Engeland) 1629-05-18 - 1630-03-23
    Travelled to London by way of Dunkirk. In London he made designs for the ceiling of Banqueting House for Charles I. It would take till 1635 however before these were executed and they were only mounted in the Spring of 1636. He got his Doctorate in Cambridge in the meantime and was knighted by Charles I on 3 March. He painted the 'Garden of Love'(now in the Prado, Madrid), Christoffel Jegher made a woodcut after this painting on the request of Rubens. Rubens returned to Antwerp by way of Dover
  • 1630-12-06
    Rubens married Helena Fourment, the daughter of the tapestry dealer Daniel Fourment: earlier in the year. It was for him that Rubens made the cartoons for the 'Achilles series'
  • Brussel 1631
    Rubens painted the so-called Ildefons Altar for the St. Jacobus-op-de-Coudenberg (Saint James Church on the Coudenberg) in Brussels
  • 1631-07-16
    Philip IV of Spanje elevated Rubens to the peerage
  • Noordelijke Nederlanden (historische regio) 1631-11
    Rubens got a pasport for Holland and was received by Prince Frederic Hendry of Orange in The Hague
  • Antwerpen 1632-01-19
    His daughter Clara Johanna. baptized
  • 1632 - 1633
    Rubens executed several secret missions to negotiate with the Dutch about peace with Spain, a.o. to Maastricht, Liege and Brussels. Rubens' reputation as a diplomat was severely compromized however through vicious intrigues of some high aristocrats in Brussels. For this reason he withdrew from politics after 1633
  • Antwerpen 1633-05
    Rubens became Dean of Saint Luke's Guild in Antwerp, although his friend, the sculptor Hans van Mildert, did the actual work
  • Antwerpen 1633-07-21
    His son Frans (Francis) baptized in Saint James' Church
  • 1633-12-01
    Death of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia in Brussels.
  • Affligem 1634-09
    Rubens visited Affligem in the company of archbishop Jacob Boonen. Later he painted 'The Carrying of the Cross' for the Abbey in Affligem
  • Antwerpen 1634-11 - 1635-04-17
    Rubens was appointed head of the decoration for the Joyous Entry in Antwerp of Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand as Viceroy of the Southern Netherlands, the so-called Pompa Introitus; The event took place on 17 April 1635 in the pouring rain.The Cardinal paid Rubens, who was bed-ridden, a visit at his home
  • 1635
    Rubens bought the estate " Het Steen" in Elewijt and started living there on a permanent basis
  • 1636-03-03
    His son Peter Paul was baptized. Later the same year he was appointed court Painter to the Cardinal-Infant in Brussels.
  • 1636-11 - 1638-05-01
    Rubens started, as head of the team of artists, the execution of the decoration of the castle Torre de la Parada in Madrid. The first ship load with 112 paintings arrived in Spain and was transported over land to Madrid, where it arrived on on May 1. An additional command followed
  • Antwerpen 1638-06-21
    Rubens designed the decoration of the militairy parade on 15 augus to celebrate the Spanish victory near Callo, although he was severely suffering from the gout. He retired on his estate, in vain seeking relief from his suffering. On 11 December the Last Sacrements were even administered to him
  • Elewijt 1640-03 - 1640-04
    The gout became so severe, that he lost the use of his hands (March-April)
  • Antwerpen 1640-05-30
    After a short period of improvement Rubens made his Last Will and Testament on 27 May. On Wednesday 30 May 1640 he died in his house in Antwerp.
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genrevoorstelling, historie (als genre), landschap (als genre), portret, christelijk religieuze voorstelling, diervoorstelling (genre), jachtvoorstelling
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