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Helena Fourment („Het Pelsken“)

1636/38, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

 

 

Helena Fourment („Het Pelsken“)

The posture of Rubens’s second wife, Helena Fourment (1614– 1674, married in 1630), is reminiscent of the “Venus pudica” of antiquity, the “modest Venus” covering her nakedness with both arms. In addition, Rubens was familiar with Titian’s “Girl in a Fur” (Inv. No. GG 89), whose body is also wrapped in a furlined cloak. In both paintings the contrast between the fair, soft skin and the dark, velvety fur is depicted with great sensitivity.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Flemish

Dated

1636/38

Artist

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

Material

oak wood

Dimensions

178,7 cm x 86,2 cm x 2,5 cm
Framed: 196 cm x 105 cm x 9,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 688

Provenance

1640 mentioned in the last will of Peter Paul Rubens; 1658 mentioned in the last will of Helena Fourment; 1730 documented in the gallery in Vienna

Depiction/Person

Helena Fourment (1614 - 1673) - GND

100 Meisterwerke - Das Pelzchen - Peter Paul Rubens

IGS - Helena Fourment ("Das Pelzchen") - Peter Paul Rubens

OESG - Helena Fourment ("Das Pelzchen") - Peter Paul Rubens

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