GUESS WHO? Portrait of Infanta Isabella

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Today we play "Guess who?" Our portraits have a lot to tell about themselves, but is it enough for you to recognize them?

Can you guess who our posing lady, portrayed by Rubens around 1615 is today? Does her brooch with the image of Maria help you on the right track? Which of the following options is correct?

  • Margaret of Austria posing stately as governor after the abdication of Emperor Charles V.
  • This lady is no less than the Spanish Archduchess Isabella who resided in Brussels since 1599.
  • Portrayed here is Queen Elizabeth I who ruled England in the second half of the 16th century.

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For those of you who can't get enough and already want to experience the story of the history of portraiture, there is an exhibition catalogue available which can be sent to your home (for a fee).


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