The Rubenshuis is the former home and workshop of Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp. Purchased in 1610, Rubens had the Flemish townhouse renovated and extended on the basis of designs by Rubens himself. After the renovations the house and its courtyard garden had the outlook of an Italian palazzo, which reflected Rubens' artistic ideals; the ensemble is now a museum dedicated to the work of Rubens and his contemporaries. A year after marrying Isabella Brant in 1609, Rubens began construction on an Italian-style villa on the then-Vaartstraat, at the time located at the banks of the canal Herentalse Vaart. Rubens designed the building himself, based on studies of Italian Renaissance palace architecture that formed the basis of his Palazzi di Genova; the layout included studio, a monumental portico and an interior courtyard. The courtyard opens into a Baroque garden that he planned. In the adjacent studio he and his students executed many of the works, he had established a well-organised workshop that met the demands of his active studio, including large commissions from England, France and Bavaria and other locations.
He relied on collaborators for much of the actual work. Rubens himself, guaranteed the quality and finished paintings with his own hand. In a separate private studio he made drawings and small paintings without the assistance of his students and collaborators. Rubens spent most of his lifetime in this building. After his death, his wife Helena Fourment let the building to his wife. After the latter left in 1660, the house was sold. On the World’s Fair Brussels International 1910 there was a real-size reconstruction of the house of P. P. Rubens, built by the architect Henri Blomme; the reconstruction was a romantic interpretation of what the building used to be, full of ornaments, but it promoted the idea to save the building. After his death in 1921, the architect Henri Blomme left an important legacy to the city of Antwerp to buy the house; this happened in 1937. The city bought the house in 1937 and after an extensive restoration the Rubenshuis was opened to the public in 1946. Dozens of paintings and artworks by Rubens and his contemporaries were installed in the rooms, as well as period furniture.
Paintings include his early Adam and Eve and a self portrait made when he was about fifty. The Rubenianum, a centre and archive dedicated to the study of Rubens, is in a building at the rear of the garden. Rockox House Media related to Rubenshuis at Wikimedia Commons 360°-panorama van de Rubenshuis
Martin Dorbek is an Estonian professional basketball player. He is playing for BC Kalev/Cramo, he comes from basketball family: father Allan Dorbek is a basketball coach, brothers Erik Dorbek and Karl-Peeter Dorbek are both Estonian champions. Another basketball player Gert Dorbek is Allan's uncle's descendant. Martin Dorbek started his basketball career in BC Kalev/Cramo youth system and went on to make his debut in Korvpalli Meistriliiga at the age of 17 with Kuremaa SK. After a season with bottom-finished club he rejoined BC Kalev/Cramo, but played only episodic role in their disappointing third place appearance in the 2009-2010 KML season. Since 2010 he has been playing for BC Rakvere Tarvas, with whom he reached the Estonian Cup and Baltic League Challenge Cup finals in 2011 and 2012 and claimed his second KML bronze medal in addition to personal achievements as he was chosen to the All-KML Defensive teams two years in a row. On June 18, 2012 it was announced that Dorbek will return from a loan spell and play for BC Kalev/Cramo.
In 2011, after successful breakthrough season he was included in the shortlist of Estonia national basketball team and Estonian U20 team. With the latter, they managed to get promoted to the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship A division, defeating Belgium U20 on their way to the final, only to lose to strong Georgian team. Korvpalli Meistriliiga: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 Estonian Basketball Cup: 2015, 2016 KML Best Defender: 2013 Profile at basket.ee Profile at bbl.net Profile at bctarvas.ee
Conus escondidai is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies. Like all species within the genus Conus, these snails are venomous, they are capable of "stinging" humans, therefore live ones should be handled or not at all. The size of the shell varies between 52 mm; this marine species occurs off the Philippines. Puillandre N. Duda T. F. Meyer C. Olivera B. M. & Bouchet P.. One, four or 100 genera? A new classification of the cone snails. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 81: 1-23 The Conus Biodiversity website Cone Shells - Knights of the Sea "Lividoconus escondidai". Gastropods.com. Retrieved 15 January 2019