National Geographic : 1950 Jun
©National Geographic Society 763 RUBENS -Portrait of the Artist As revealed in his famous Self-portrait, the Flemish painter was a shrewd citizen of tie -v-orldl. Not for Ilirn were artistic coIld garrets; hie enjOod life as a wealthy Antwerp hurgher and crony of royalty. RUbens painted for tie Span~ish and Austrian I lapshurgs, the F~rench B~ourbons, and the English Stuarts. Comissions piled tp I)evonii his a1 ility to niI, and1 bis studio Lecaiie a sd hool for students from all over Europe. ie also found time to advise his patrons oui matters Of diplomacy.