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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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 20

Object data

Object Name







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


oak wood


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


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


Helena Fourment (1614 - 1673) - GND

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