Arts Everyday Living: Lost Loves in Art—Peter Paul & Isabella Rubens, A Bride and Groom

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LOST LOVES IN ART

A BRIDE AND GROOM

 

 

The Woodbine or the Honeysuckle represents True Love or Steadfastness of Affection.

Graham’s American Monthly Magazine, 1813

 

Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens, Rubens and Isabella Brant, the Honeysuckle Bower, c. 1609, oil on canvas, Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Self-portraits by artists are common, but portrayals like Rubens and Isabella Brant, the Honeysuckle Bower are rare in the history of art.  Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was already a rising star, soon to become celebrated as the favorite portraitist of royalty and aristocracy during the Baroque era.  However, Isabella often appears in his work throughout their marriage of nearly two decades, starting as the smiling 19 year old bride above, who probably assumed that her union with the talented painter would last forever.

For a further look at the Rubens family, click:

Artists and Their Daughters: Peter Paul Rubens, for the Love of Clara

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

Explore the portraits of Rembrandt, another Baroque master, in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

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