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Isabella Clara Eugenia, Archduchess of Austria, was the daughter of King Philip II of Spain. She is shown sumptuously dressed in black and gold, with a spectacularly large ruff and spiky lace cuffs. She looks out at us with a hint of a smile in her eyes and around her mouth.
Rubens was both court painter and a trusted adviser of Isabella throughout her reign. When she died in 1633, she was described by her chaplain as ‘the wisest and most accomplished princess'.
The National Gallery, London
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella
Oil on canvas
H 120.5 x W 88.8 cm
Bequeathed by Richard C. Jackson, 1923