OIL PAINTING: Raising of the Cross, 1610
After his return to Antwerp Rubens became member of the group of 'romanist', artists who had spent some time studying in Italy. Also, Rubens had fallen in love with Isabella Brant. These were probably the reasons why he decided to stay instead of returning back to Italy. Rubens was also soon nominated 'painter at the court' by the archdukes Albert and Isabella. Normally, court painters had to stay and work at the court in Brussels, but Rubens was allowed to stay in his home town of Antwerp. In 1609 Rubens already painted for the lord Mayor of Antwerp, Nicholas Rockox. Two of the most famous Rubens' paintings were created during this period: 'The Elevation of the Cross' or 'Raising of the Cross,'and 'The Descent from the Cross'.