Portrait of the Marquise Brigitte Spinola Doria, Rubens, 1606

Portrait of the Marquise Brigitte Spinola Doria, Rubens, 1606
Portrait of the Marquise Brigitte Spinola Doria, Rubens, 1606 - 1

  • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: 1606

Description of the picture :

Portrait of the Marquis of Brigitte Spinola Doria – Peter Paul Rubens. 1606. Oil on canvas. 152.5×99

   Rubens is one of the most famous and fruitful painters of the Baroque era, whose work is located in all major museums in the world. In many ways, this was facilitated by the artist’s workshop, where numerous assistants performed large-format paintings with him. However, “Portrait of the Marquise of Brigitte Spinola Doria” is completely written by Rubens. It was created during the artist’s stay in Italy.

   The brigitte Spinola Doria came from the influential Genoese noble family of Doria, whose representatives fought for the first roles in the state. She was married to Captain Spinol, commander in chief of the Spanish troops. For Rubens’ creative heritage, this portrait is somewhat strict and restrained. The model is dressed in a heavy dress with a hard corset, its armworms resemble metal knightly armor. The face and dress of the Marquise are clearly written out, a whole image of the aristocrat is created. To show the high position of the portraiture, Rubens shifted his compositional plans and placed a fragment of architectural ionic portico on the same level as the face of the lady, as if exalting her over subjects.