In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. Rubens was a prolific artist. The catalogue of his works by Michael Jaffé lists 1,403 pieces, excluding numerous copies made in his workshop.
- "One has the work of a most energetic, red-haired and red-bearded Rubens, full of sympathy and understanding." http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/old-masters/rubens.htm