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

Charles V and the Empress Isabella

Oil on canvas, 114 x 166 cm
Collection of the Dukes of Alba, Madrisd

This is a copy of a lost painting by Titian. The double portrait was painted by Titian in Augsburg in 1548. The Empress's portrait is posthumous, it is presumably based on a Netherlandish original. It is uncharacteristically lifeless in the treatment of the head and costume. However, the painting includes an evocative view of a mountainous landscape through the window on the right.

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