May 8, 2016

2534 BELGIUM (Antwerp) - Rubenshuis in Antwerp

2534 Rubens - Self-portrait with big hat (1628-1630)

Now a museum, Rubenshuis (Rubens House) is the former home and studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), the famous Flemish Baroque painter. Rubens designed the building himself, based on studies of Italian Renaissance palace architecture that also formed the basis of his Palazzi di Genova, and spent most of his lifetime in this palace. The layout included his home, studio, a monumental portico and an interior courtyard. The courtyard opens into a Baroque garden that he also planned.

In the adjacent studio he and his students executed many of the works for which Rubens is famous. He had established a well-organised workshop that met the demands of his active studio, including large commissions from England, France, Spain and Bavaria and other locations. He relied on students and collaborators for much of the actual work, but often finished paintings with his own hand. In a separate studio he made drawings, portraits and small paintings without the assistance of his students and collaborators.

About the stamp
The stamp, issued on October 28, 2013, is part of a definitive series depicting King Philippe.

References
Rubenshuis - Wikipedia

Sender: Ana
Sent from Antwerp (Antwerp / Belgium) on 21.12.2015

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