Despite his great success at court, Rubens always remained ambivalent about courtly life. In the final phase of his life he sought to be released from most of his diplomatic responsibilities. While he provided this portrait of his later years with the attributes of a courtly portrait, (the column, sword and glove), he paid more attention to individual facial features than was otherwise customary in a portrait of this type.
110 cm x 85,5 cm x 2,4 cm
Framed: 138 cm x 113 cm x 13,5 cm
Inscription: P.P. RUBINS (!) on the left side of the column added later
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1691 Coll. Juan Gaspar Enríquez Alonso de Cabrera; 1720 documented in the gallery
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