Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy

before 1618, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens



Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy

Charles the Bold (1433–1477), the last of the Burgundian dukes, hoped to create an independent kingdom of Burgundy from his ancestral homeland of Burgundy and the Netherlands but was thwarted by the resistance of the Swiss Confederacy and of the duke of Lorraine. He was killed in a battle against the latter outside Nancy in 1477. Here Rubens created an idealised portrait of the duke that expresses his attitude and claim to power.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XIII

Object data

Object Name





before 1618


Peter Paul Rubens (1577 Siegen - 1640 Antwerpen) - GND


oak wood


118,5 x 102 cm
Framed: 143,5 cm × 128,4 cm × 10,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 704


Probably from Rubens' estate; city palace Prinz Eugen, Vienna; 1772 documented in the gallery


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