Portico Rubens's House - Antwerp - Belgium

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Rubens's house during his lifetime

A year after marrying Isabella Brant in 1609, Rubens began construction on an Italian-style villa on the then-Vaartstraat (now the Wapper, 9-11), at the time located at the banks of the canal Herentalse Vaart. Rubens designed the building himself, based on studies of Italian Renaissance palace architecture that also formed the basis of his Palazzi di Genoa. 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. Rubens himself, however, guaranteed the quality and often finished paintings with his own hand. In a separate private studio he made drawings, portraits and small paintings without the assistance of his students and collaborators. Rubens's house after his lifetime:

Rubens spent most of his lifetime in this palace, and it was only sold after his death. The city bought it in 1937, and after an extensive restoration the Rubenshuis was opened to the public in 1946. Dozens of paintings and artworks by Rubens and his contemporaries were installed in the rooms, as well as period furniture. Paintings include his early Adam and Eve (ca. 1600) and a self portrait made when he was about fifty.

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Comments (16)

Daniel Salomon Rubac… on March 16, 2012

LIKE 1 ...Espléndida toma de esta fabulosa vivienda que es una obra de arte..!...Saludos cordiales de Daniel,San Gregorio,Santa Fe,Argentina

ESTITXU Bilbao on March 16, 2012

Very nice picture, with an excellent comment which I am very happy after reading, there must be a place very interesting for visit, LIKE friendly greetings ESTITXU.



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asanloj on March 16, 2012

Excellent composition. Great photo-LIKE 3

Reza Hekmat on March 16, 2012

Very nice shot


Lucien Kivit on March 16, 2012

Mooie foto van dit gedeelte van het Ruben's huis.Mooie compositie en kleuren, LIKE, groeten Lucien

Paolo “Canpao” Canna… on March 16, 2012

Wonderful and interesting capture.I salute him who, with the brushes could make it better than I do with my camera, all I could see us today and we can enjoy the view.Thaks for all the information. Like 6 . I wish you a good weekend, Canpao

Frederic Baiges on March 16, 2012

M'agrada, molt bonica. L+F

Sañlutacions cordials.

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on March 16, 2012

Hi dear Carla, Very beautiful photo. Capture an impressive look.


Have a nice weekend, İSMAİL

Rafl on March 17, 2012

ILIKE wowwww interseting location! rafl

Oleg Timofeev on March 17, 2012

Wonderful photography!! Very pretty shot! Like! Best wishes. Oleg.

Сергей Миронов on March 17, 2012


senmax on March 18, 2012

Very nice photo. Like.

Marco Balsinha on March 22, 2012

Belissimo pórtico, gostei, cumprimentos de Portugal

Adriana Bruno on March 28, 2012

LIKE, ottimo punto di vista! Interessante storia, Adriana

khoi tranduc on June 28, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

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  • Uploaded on March 16, 2012
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    • Camera: Canon EOS 500D
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