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.
118,5 x 102 cm
Framed: 143,5 cm × 128,4 cm × 10,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Probably from Rubens' estate; city palace Prinz Eugen, Vienna; 1772 documented in the gallery
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