Portrait of Isabella Brant, Peter Paul Rubens

Portrait of Isabella Brant, Peter Paul Rubens
Portrait of Isabella Brant, Peter Paul Rubens - 1

  • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: Around 1625-1626

Description of the picture :

Portrait of Isabella Brant – Peter Paul Rubens. Around 1625-1626. Oil on canvas. 86×62

   The artist, who created many paintings on which abundant flesh reigns, Rubens (1577-1640) was at the same time the subtlest portrait painter. He wrote for the most part of his family and several times, such as his first wife Isabella Brant. Rubens made this portrait shortly before her death. After the death of his wife, he spoke so much about her in one of the letters: “Verily 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 mourned the dead. ”.

   But while the artist’s faithful friend is alive, he captures her young and attractive, with lively, smart eyes and a gentle smile. From Isabella, an invisible light seems to come. Rubens does not share carnal and spiritual things in man: spirit blows through his matter. Therefore, the master tried in every possible way 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 something like a precious frame for the wife’s artist’s so dear to heart.