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Portrait of Isabella Brant, Peter Paul Rubens

Portrait of Isabella Brant, Peter Paul Rubens

Portrait of Isabella Brant - Peter Paul Rubens. 86x62

The artist, who created many paintings on which abundant flesh reigns, Rubens (1577-1640) was at the same time the finest portrait painter. He wrote for the most part relatives and several times, such as his first wife Isabella Brant. This portrait was made by Rubens shortly before her death. After the death of his wife, he spoke of her in one of the letters: “Truly, I lost an excellent friend ... she was neither harsh nor weak, but so kind and so honest, so virtuous that everyone loved her alive and mourn the dead” .

But while the artist’s faithful girlfriend is alive, he captures her young and attractive, with lively, smart eyes and a gentle smile. From Isabella, as if an invisible light emanates. Rubens does not distinguish between the carnal and the spiritual in man: through matter, the spirit blows. Therefore, the master did his best to emphasize the bodily beauty of his beloved, for example, shaded her white delicate skin, as he often did, with a dark fur coat. The red background echoes the blush on the cheeks, and the necklace and lace create a kind of precious setting for the wife’s artist so dear to the heart.


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