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Peter Paul Rubens was born in Germany in 1577. His father died when Peter was 10 years old. His mother returned to Antwerp, their home town with the three children. When his older sister was ready to marry, their mother spent money to provide a dowry for his sister. The family didn't have much money left and Peter Paul, now 13 years old, and his brother had to go to work. His mother placed him as a page, a boy servant, in the home of a countess. He stayed there for awhile, but he wanted to be a painter, so he was sent as an apprentice to a family member who was an artist. Sir Dudley Carlton, one of his admirers, described Rubens as "prince of painters and painter of princes" because he painted several members of royal families. As he became more famous, he became richer and had a large house in Antwerp. He was a disciplined person. He got up at 4:00 A.M. and began his work. He ate very little during the day and shared the main meal with the family in the evening. He died at the age of 63. He left his wife Helene, now age 26, a rich widow with children. Another daughter was born after his death. None of his children became artists as he had hoped.