RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)

Portrait of Lady Arundel with her Train

Oil on canvas
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Venetian ideas were decisive for the development of Rubens's painting style. Increasing conformity to that example is also shown by the flamboyance which Rubens from c. 1620 onwards began to lend with such emphases to his official portraits of foreign princes and aristocrats. The most remarkable example is perhaps is the Portrait of Lady Arundel with her Train.

Both the picturesque embellishments added to this great portrait of the eccentric English countess, with her jester, her dwarf and her dog, and the theatrical baldachin and the view over open country, are typical of Titian's style. It should be remembered that the Earl and Countess of Arundel had strongly Venetian-inspired artistic ideas.

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