Peter Paul Rubens, the most famous resident of Antwerp, likes looking at himself in the mirror. His self portrait on display at the Rubens House is what we would label as a selfie these days. He doesn't portray himself as an artist, but rather as a nobleman and diplomat.
Rubens is famous for his voluptuous female nudity. Many painters openly express their admiration for the great master of nudity, from Eugène Delacroix and Thomas Gainsborough, to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Unfortunately, very few drawings and sketches of female models have survived, except for a number of his second wife Helena Fourment.
Antwerp is the diamond capital of the world. Nowadays, approximately 80% of all rough diamonds are traded in Antwerp. But the history of diamond trading goes back many centuries. Ever since the 15th century, Antwerp played a key role in the diamond trade and cutting industry. The diamond trade is more than just business. From a cultural and artistic heritage perspective, Antwerp has a story or two to tell about these little rocks.
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