RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
The Straw Hatc. 1625
Oil on wood, 79 x 55 cm
National Gallery, London
The sitter of the picture is probably Susanna Lundent, the sister of Helene Fourment, the second wife of Rubens. The title of the painting is "Straw hat" (Le chapeau de paille) from the 17th century, although the hat is not a straw hat. "Paille" is an old name for the baldachin, and the painter probably wanted to emphasize by this title the character of the hat.