Inventory number
P01684
Author
Brueghel the Elder, Jan; Rubens, Peter Paul
Title
The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Chronology
Ca. 1615
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
113 cm x 175,8 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, bóvedas que caen a la Priora-piezas pequeñas de las Bóvedas que salen a la Priora, 1686, s.n.; Real Alcázar, Madrid, piezas pequeñas de las bóvedas que salen a la Priora, 1700, nº 429; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, primera sala de la Furriera, 1747, nº 99; Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, pieza del Banquillo, 1772, nº 99; Buen Retiro, 1794, nº 177; Palacio Real, Madrid, secretaría de Estado, 1814-1818, nº 177).

Like the portrait of her husband (P01683), Isabel Clara Eugenia, ruler of the Low Countries, is depicted sitting under a red canopy on a balcony open to landscape. In this case, the palace visible in the distance is Mariemont, one of the Infanta's favorites, which she had remodeled.

The style of her clothing, especially the collar, date this work from the beginning of the second decade of the seventeenth century, a moment of maximum collaboration between Rubens, who painted her figure, and Brueghel, who made the landscape. Both of them worked as painters for the Archduke and Duchess and it was through paintings like these that they communicated the magnificence of their patron's rule.

 
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