Portrait of Gaspard Schoppius

PETER PAUL RUBENS (1577-1640) Portrait of Gaspard Schoppius (c. 1604-05) Oil on canvas (116 x 88 cm) Palazzo Pitti, Florence This portrait has only recently received acceptance as an early work by Rubens, and this attribution, together with the painting's resemblance to an engraved portrait by Adriaen Claesz de Grebber, has encouraged the identification of its subject …

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Portrait of a Knight of Malta

CARAVAGGIO (1571-1610) Portrait of Alof de Wignacourt (c. 1608) Oil on canvas (118 x 95 cm) Palazzo Pitti,  Florence The Portrait of a Knight of Malta is one of the works that the Italian scholar Gregori has convincingly identified as belonging to the artist's late period. The painting shows a confidence of modelling that is characteristic of …

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Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel

PETER PAUL RUBENS (1577-1640) Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (c. 1629) Oil on canvas (67 x 54 cm) National Gallery, London Within the different genres covered by the Old Masters, portraiture is my favourite. In the hands of its finest practitioners like Tiziano, Rubens, van Dyck, Velazquez, Roslin and Reynolds we do not only …

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