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Full title Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder
Artist Peter Paul Rubens
Artist dates 1577 - 1640
Date made 1613-1615
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 125.1 × 95.2 cm
Acquisition credit The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number L1273
Location Room 20
Art route(s) B
Image copyright The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Collection Main Collection
Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder
Peter Paul Rubens

This tender portrait celebrates Rubens’s friendship with his frequent collaborator Jan Brueghel the Elder, in whose pictures Rubens often contributed the figures. At the heart of this intimate group is Catharina, Jan’s second wife, who draws her two children, Pieter and Elisabeth, close to her, the former endearingly toying with his mother’s bracelet.

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