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Title Isabella Clara Eugenia, Archduchess of Austria
Collection Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Pourbus, Frans, the younger (Flemish painter, 1569-1622)
Previously attributed to after Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish painter and draftsman, 1577-1640)
Date Earliest about 1598
Date Latest about 1600
Description Albert, Archduke of Austria, married Isabella Clara Eugenia, Infanta of Spain, in 1598, and seems to have commissioned his court artist Frans Pourbus the Younger to paint portraits of himself and his new wife. Once believed to be copies of portraits by Rubens, it seems more likely that these are at least the work of Pourbus's studio, if not by the master himself.
Current Accession Number MNEMG 00.1883.99
Subject portrait (Isabella Clara Eugenia, Archduchess of Austria)
Measurements 66.3 x 50.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by J. H. Hodsoll 1883.
Publications Legouix, S., Foreign Paintings Catalogue, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Maidstone, 1976, p. 39.
Notes In the typescript catalogue of paintings in Maidstone Museum by A. J. Golding and M. A. Palmer (1938), this picture and its pendant (MNEMG 00.1883.98) are described as copies of paintings by Rubens of the Archduke and Archduchess in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. However, they bear a much closer resemblance to portraits by Pourbus, who moreover is known to have worked for the Archduke between 1596-1600. Both portraits were probably painted not long after his marriage to the Infanta Isabella in 1598.
Rights Owner Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Author Dr Rachel Sloan



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