Peter Paul Rubens

1577 - 1640

Photo of Peter Paul Rubens

Icon of person Peter Paul Rubens

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (; Dutch: [ˈrybə(n)s]; 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist and diplomat from the Duchy of Brabant in the Southern Netherlands (modern-day Belgium). He is considered the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Paul Rubens has received more than 2,763,079 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 130 in 2019). Peter Paul Rubens is the 10th most popular painter (down from 9th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Germany (up from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Painter.

Peter Paul Rubens is most famous for his paintings, which are mostly of religious and mythological subjects.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.8M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 89.20

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 131

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 16.29

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.72

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Peter Paul Rubens by language


Among painters, Peter Paul Rubens ranks 10 out of 1,428Before him are Raphael, Rembrandt, Salvador Dalí, Albrecht Dürer, Frida Kahlo, and Claude Monet. After him are Caravaggio, Edvard Munch, Johannes Vermeer, Francisco Goya, Sandro Botticelli, and Paul Gauguin.

Most Popular Painters in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1577, Peter Paul Rubens ranks 1After him are Christian IV of Denmark, Beatrice Cenci, François Leclerc du Tremblay, Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Nur Jahan, Paul Guldin, Cristofano Allori, Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Scipione Borghese, Dmitry Pozharsky, and Jacob Cats. Among people deceased in 1640, Peter Paul Rubens ranks 1After him are Murad IV, Uriel da Costa, George William, Elector of Brandenburg, Francesca Caccini, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Jindřich Matyáš Thurn, Wilhelm Kettler, Giuseppe Cesari, Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Alessandro Salvio, and Paul Fleming.

Others Born in 1577

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1640

Go to all Rankings

In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Peter Paul Rubens ranks 14 out of 5,289Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Richard Wagner (1813), and George Frideric Handel (1685). After him are Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Max Weber (1864), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Henry Kissinger (1923), and Friedrich Engels (1820).

Among PAINTERS In Germany

Among painters born in Germany, Peter Paul Rubens ranks 2Before him are Albrecht Dürer (1471). After him are Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472), Max Ernst (1891), Matthias Grünewald (1480), Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880), Hans Memling (1435), Franz Marc (1880), Gerhard Richter (1932), Emil Nolde (1867), and Albrecht Altdorfer (1480).