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.
178,7 cm x 86,2 cm x 2,5 cm
Framed: 196 cm x 105 cm x 9,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
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
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