Inventory number
Rubens, Peter Paul
Cardinal-Infante Fernando de Austria at the Battle of Nördlingen
1634 - 1635
337,5 cm x 261 cm
On display
Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, Pieza que llaman donde su magd. cenaba, 1666, nº 100; Real Alcazar, Pieza inmediata dodne su magd. cenaba, 1686, s.n.; Real Alcázar, Pieza inmediata donde su magd. cenaba, 1701-1703, nº 233; Real Alácar, Pinturas que estaban en las "Bóbedas" de Palacio, 1734, nº 629; Palacio Nuevo, Madrid, primera sala de la Furriera, 1747, nº 101; Palacio Nuevo, paso de tribuna y trascuartos, 1772, nº 101; Palacio Nuevo, pieza de comer, 1794, nº 101; Palacio Nuevo, pieza de comer, 1814-1818, nº 101; Museo Real de Pinturas a la muerte de Fernando VII, Madrid, Depósito Grande Escuela Flamenca, Depósito de Entresuelo, 1834, nº422)

The Cardinal-Infante is depicted in full body armor, with a black hat, a staff and a red sash. He is portrayed as a general of the Spanish Armies during the Battle of Nördlingen when, in 1634, they took on the Protestant army. Near him, the allegory of fury and the eagle and lightening bolts of Jupiter allude to his dashing force. A battle scene occupies the background.

Rubens painted this work in Brussels after the Infante arrived to take on the position of Governor of the Low Countries. The artist opted for a highly intense image in which the Cardinal's serenity contrasts with his mount's agitation. The horse's posture is customary in many equestrian portraits and is a visual metaphor of the strength and capacities of this ruler, whose virtues are related in the cartouche at the bottom.

This work was acquired by Felipe IV and was in Madrid's Alcázar Palace by 1666.

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