POURBUS, Frans the Younger
(b. 1569, Antwerpen, d. 1622, Paris)
Archdukes Albert and Isabella-
Oil on oak panel, 60 x 42 cm (each)
Groeninge Museum, Bruges
The official double portrait by Frans Pourbus the Younger was reproduced on several occasions. This replica comes from the early 17th century. It is one of the best early versions of a pair of portraits of which Frans Pourbus invented the prototype. Peter Paul Rubens undoubtedly took these earlier works as the basis for his first portraits of the archdukes (1609, National Gallery, London).