Peter Paul Rubens Le Chapeau de Paille (The Straw Hat)
Oil on panel. National Gallery,
Portrait of Susanne Fourment.
Susanna Fourment was related by
marriage to Rubens' first wife,
Later the widowed Rubens married Susanna's sister
Rubens is often called
Prince of Baroque painters. In his style he successfully
united the features of Northern and Flemish art with those of Italy.
His influence on the painters of his century was enormous, as it was on
sculpture and architecture. He was a versatile genius and rivaled in inventive
power the great minds of the Italian Renaissance. He was a humanist and
classical archaeologist, a sumptuous designer of religious, historical
and allegorical canvases and a supreme master in "pure" landscape. Rubens
was endlessly active. There are thousands of works by his hand, scattered
through collections and museums across the world. The paintings amount
to more than three thousand. He also gave the world the great number of
pupils, the celebrated artists
Cornelis de Vos are among them.