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[roo-buh nz; Flemish ry-buh ns] /ˈru bənz; Flemish ˈrü bəns/
Peter Paul
[pee-ter pawl;; Flemish pey-tuh r poul] /ˈpi tər pɔl;; Flemish ˈpeɪ tər paʊl/ (Show IPA),
1577–1640, Flemish painter.
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Rubenesque, Rubensian
[roo-ben-zee-uh n] /ruˈbɛn zi ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • Rubens became nothing but Rubens, but all the art world wished to become "rubenesque."

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British Dictionary definitions for rubenesque


(of a woman) having the physique associated with Rubens' portraits of women; plump and attractive


Sir Peter Paul. 1577–1640, Flemish painter, regarded as the greatest exponent of the Baroque: appointed (1609) painter to Archduke Albert of Austria, who gave him many commissions, artistic and diplomatic. He was knighted by Charles I of England in 1629. His prolific output includes the triptych in Antwerp Cathedral, Descent from the Cross (1611–14), The Rape of the Sabines (1635), and his Self-Portrait (?1639)
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Word Origin and History for rubenesque



of a woman's body, "rounded and alluringly plump," 1904, of the type characteristic of the paintings of Flemish painter Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).

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