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Rubens, Sir Peter Paul Line breaks: Sir Peter Paul Ru¦bens
Pronunciation: /ˈruːbənz/

Definition of Rubens, Sir Peter Paul in English:

(1577–1640), Flemish painter. The foremost exponent of northern Baroque, he is best known for his portraits and mythological paintings featuring voluptuous female nudes, as in Venus and Adonis (circa 1635).


(also Rubensesque) adjective
Example sentences
  • The Rubenesque spectacle of her generous and dimpled flesh challenges the contemporary cult of the slim, youthful body with an image of maturity and maternal plenitude.
  • While her monumental, Rubenesque figure fills more than half of the composition, her arms are dramatically cropped by the bottom and right edges of the canvas.
  • In the 1940s and 1950s, the movie star Marilyn Monroe, whose figure was curvaceous and somewhat Rubenesque, exemplified the ideal woman's figure.
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