Study of an Old Woman

c.1615-1620
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

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The youth is pushing me forward! I don't like to be in the spotlight. I‘m no longer to be seen, I carry the traces of life but I still feel healthy. I'm not rich, but I have been lucky enough to spend my whole life taking care of the household of a wealthy patrician family. They were good for me. But of course, you want to know how old I am... 

 

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

That’s no question to ask a lady! My wrinkles tell you all you need to know, anyway. Rubens didn’t hold back when portraying me so candidly. Unlike certain other portraits, he hasn’t painted me to look younger or prettier than I am. In fact, this little panel isn’t a portrait as such but a study for Rubens to use in his dramatic history scenes.

You can find me in the Museum Snijders&Rockoxhuis but still behind closed doors.

 

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