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Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

Milkmaids with cattle in a landscape, 'The Farm at Laken' c.1617-18

RCIN 405333

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This painting was in Rubens’s own collection. The church in the background resembles that of Our Lady at Laken (a village near Brussels). Painted during the Twelve Year Truce (1609-21), the scene celebrates the fertility of the land and the hope of continued peace.