Today Rubens is probably Antwerp's most famous inhabitants ever. But it was no different during his lifetime. In Rubens's time, there were also several honours or titles for achievements. At the time, these honours were much more important than they are today. Rubens received several of them, which confirm his status as a global superstar in seventeenth-century Europe.
Rubens's honours or titles for achievements
The Spanish King Philip IV awards Rubens a peerage.
Rubens belongs to the highest echelons of society as is apparent from his presence at the marriage of the English King Charles I with Henrietta Maria, Maria de' Medici's daughter, in Paris. In July, the Archduchess Isabella visited the house and studio of Rubens. In November he welcomed the Duke of Buckingham.
The English King Charles I knights Rubens.
The Spanish King Philip IV knights Rubens and in September Maria de' Medici visits Rubens's house in Antwerp. In December Rubens travels to the United Provinces. Prince Frederick Henry receives him in The Hague.
Rubens is made an honorary deacon of St. Luke's guild.
Following in the footsteps of many other eminent personalities, the Cardinal-Infante also visits the house and studio of Rubens in Antwerp.
King Charles I of Britain presents Rubens with a heavy gold chain. Prince Frederick Henry of Orange commissions a work from him to hang over a fireplace.
Rubens is appointed an honorary member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.