Peter Paul Rubens (and studio) Portrait of a Young Woman
This is one of two portraits by Rubens that hang in the Gallery. This woman with her warm, loving expression was long believed to be Rubens’s first wife, Isabella Brant. The second portrait was thought to show his second wife, Hélène Fourment. Although Rubens chiefly painted people from his immediate surroundings, whether these two portraits actually depict his wives is unknown.
Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - 1640 Antwerp) (and studio)
Portrait of a Young Woman
67.8 x 97 cm
op de achterzijde: MV het merkteken van de Antwerpse paneelmaker Michiel Vriendt
Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 3; the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822