The Triptych of St. Ildefonso

1630/32, Artist: Peter Paul Rubens



The Triptych of St. Ildefonso

Isabella Clara Eugenia, the governor of the Netherlands, donated this triptych to the St. Ildefonso Brotherhood in Brussels. It depicts a miracle from the life of the saint: the Virgin Mary appears in heavenly glory and presents him with a chasuble. The scene illustrates Rubens’s talent for connecting sacred with emotionally human aspects to create a wonderful unity. The side panels depict the archduke and his wife, accompanied by their respective patron saints, St. Albert of Louvain and St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XIII

Object data

Object Name







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


oak wood


Mittelteil: middle panel: 352 x 236 cm
wings each: 352 x 109 cm
former wing outsides: 353 x 233 cm
framed: 520 cm × 300 cm × 30 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 678


St. Jacob op de Coudenberg, Chapel of the Virgin Mary, Brussels; acquired 1777 from Coudenberg Abbey

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