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

Portrait of Infanta Clara Eugenia, Governess of the Netherlands

Oil on canvas, 116 x 96 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The Infanta Isabella (1566-1633) received the Netherlands from her father, Philip II of Spain, when she married Archduke Albrecht of Austria (1559-1621) in 1599. Enlightened rulers during the Wars of Religion, they shared a passion for peace with their court painter Rubens, who also conducted diplomatic missions on their behalf.

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