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  • Portrait of Rubens with his Son Albert (copy from the lost original of the late 1610s)

    Artist:
    Rubens, Peter Paul (Pietro Pauolo), school of. 1577-1640
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    133,5x112,2 cm

Rubens, Peter Paul (Pietro Pauolo), school of. 1577-1640

Portrait of Rubens with his Son Albert (copy from the lost original of the late 1610s)

Flanders, No later than mid-17th century

The portrait presents Rubens with his elder son Albert (1614-1657), the future lawyer, secretary of the Privy Council in Brussels and author of a number of archeological works. The canvas was likely done by one of the artists in Rubens?s school and is a copy of the master?s last self-portrait. The main elements of the composition correspond to Rubens?s concept of the portrait: he is presented here surrounded by objects reflecting his interests as an antiquarian and humanist. On the right, in the niche, there is the depiction of a statue from Classical Antiquity of the goddess Hekate which once was part of the master?s personal collection. The burning lamp atop the statue is an attribute of many of the artist?s works and possibly symbolizes the light of knowledge. Finally, the gesture of the child?s hand, which trustfully touches the hand of Rubens, is a sign of the boy?s affection for his father, who appears here in the role of teacher and mentor to his son in the world of science and art. A similar gesture, attesting to the spiritual closeness of spouses, is met with in Rubens?s Self-portrait with Isabella Brant (Alte Pinakothek, Munich).

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Portrait of Rubens with his Son Albert (copy from the lost original of the late 1610s)

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oil

Dimensions:

133,5x112,2 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1932; handed over by the Antikvariat All-Union Association

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7728

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