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Portrait of Susanna Lunden (?) ('Le Chapeau de Paille')

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This is almost certainly a portrait of Susanna Lunden (1599–1643), daughter of the Antwerp merchant Daniel Fourment, an old friend and client of Rubens. The portrait was probably made soon after her marriage to Arnold Lunden. It’s a highly distinctive painting – the sitter’s dark, oversized eyes and the exaggerated length of her neck, as well as the background of billowing cloud and the simple colour palette all contribute to its singular character. There is something too about how the sitter is presented to us – a sense of ambiguity, perhaps. Her eyes are emphasised by the blue of the sky and her dilated pupils by the black of her hat, but she doesn’t quite meet our gaze. She seems either to have just looked away, or to be plucking up courage to glance upwards.

The National Gallery, London



Portrait of Susanna Lunden (?) ('Le Chapeau de Paille')


probably 1622-5


Oil on oak


H 79 x W 54.6 cm

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Bought, 1871

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