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1. Of, relating to, or in the style of painting of Peter Paul Rubens.
2. Plump or fleshy and voluptuous. Used of a woman.

[Sense 2, from the frequent depiction of such women by Rubens.]


(Art Terms) (of a woman) having the physique associated with Rubens' portraits of women; plump and attractive


(ˌru bəˈnɛsk)
adj. (sometimes l.c.)
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Peter Paul Rubens or his paintings.
2. plumply voluptuous: a Rubenesque figure.
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