Portrait of Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia, Spanish Regent of the Low Countries, as a Nun

Portrait of Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia, Spanish Regent of the Low Countries, as a Nun
Artist:
Rubens, Peter Paul, and Workshop (Flemish, 1577-1640)
Date:
1625  
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
45-1/2 x 34-7/8 in. (115.6 x 88.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
M.1966.10.10.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View
Description

Archduchess Isabella (1566-1633), the daughter of King Philip II of Spain, was married to Archduke Albert and with him, ruled as sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands. After her husband's death in 1621, she was made governor of the Netherlands on behalf of the King of Spain. As a ruler, Isabella entrusted Rubens, her court painter, with not only artistic projects but also sensitive diplomatic missions. She is portrayed in the habit of the Sisters of St. Clare, the order she joined after Albert's death.

Provenance:

[Galerie Sankt-Lucas, Vienna, 1934].
Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947), Schloss Rohoncz, Lugano, by 1935, by descent to his daughter;
Baroness Gabrielle Bentinck (nee Thyssen), through [Rudolf Heinemann, Pinakos], to;
[Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, September 30, 1957, sold 1959 to];
Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon, gift 1966 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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