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The painting "Isabella Brant" by Peter Paul Rubens was completed by him in 1926. The canvas is currently owned by the Cleveland Museum of Art. It depicts the first wife of the painter a few months before his death. The fact is that she died of the plague, barely crossing the thirty-year line. The portrait shows how the artist loved and appreciated his wife, who gave him three children. He writes it without embellishment.
The wife of the affixed painter appears before the audience as she is. The husband admires her and does not want to attribute to the wife of mythical, unrealistic beauty. He likes her a little chubby, with lively eyes, raised by surprised eyebrows-strings, pudgy cheeks, a pointed, long nose and warm, tender maternal hands. There is no doubt that the author of the portrait considers his model an ideal of beauty. All because her beauty is not so much external as internal, spiritual.
From the inspired face of Isabella Brant, tangible good and participation comes. The wife and husband directly see each other, not hiding anything, they are very close, support and help each other in everything. It is not surprising that in his letters to friends, Rubens expressed bitter regret about the sudden death of his wife, it was very difficult for him to lose such a well-meaning, dismal, optimistic and empathic person.
The artist appreciated his spouse above all and he shows this with caring strokes, which displays a high, snow-white chest surrounded by an ornament of light lace. She is wearing an exquisite dress according to the latest fashion of those times, embroidered with patterns and stones, the brilliance of which we notice on her corset. Isabella is dressed in an expensive black coat, which speaks of the prosperity, well-being and care that she is surrounded by.
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