Portrait of a Woman, Probably Susanna Lunden (Susanna Fourment, 1599–1628)

Peter Paul Rubens Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 618

Rubens’s portraits of friends and family members are some of his most appealing paintings to a modern eye. This intimate likeness probably represents a sister of Helena Fourment, Rubens’s second wife and the youngest of the Antwerp silk merchant Daniel Fourment’s seven daughters. Rubens shifted the veil worn by the sitter in the course of working on the painting, and its earlier contours have become visible over time.

Portrait of a Woman, Probably Susanna Lunden (Susanna Fourment, 1599–1628), Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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