Portrait of Isabella of Portugal, by Rogier van der

Portrait of Isabella of Portugal, by Rogier van der

6/12/2021, 4:04:25 PM
Portrait of Isabella of Portugal, by Rogier van der Weyden.⁠ 🎨 Seated with her hands crossed in her lap, Isabella of Portugal, the duchess of Burgundy, conveys the poise and confidence of her noble position. Her sumptuous attire, heavily woven with gold thread, and her jewelled fingers and hairstyle (called hennin) reflect her aristocratic status. The prominent inscription in the upper left corner of the panel, PERSICA SIBYLLA IA, suggests that the portrait was part of a series depicting sibyls, but this identity strikingly contrasts with Duchess Isabella's costume. Historians believe that someone other than the original artist added that inscription, as well as the brown background meant to simulate wood. 👨‍🎨 Rogier van der Weyden (Flemish, 1400-1464) was a primitive Flemish painter. Trained in Robert Campin’s workshop, in 1435 he was appointed a painter for the city of Brussels. Although he enjoyed considerable prestige in life and was one of the most influential artists of his time, no works of his can actually be attributed with complete certainty. Nonetheless, his works are often triptychs and portraits of characters from the court of Burgundy. Despite the obscurity around his figure, he is considered a key artist in the history of art and the main transitorial figure towards Renaissance, celebrated for his outstanding realism in detail and texture expertise. ⁠ 📐Height: 46 cm (18.2 in). Width: 37.1 cm (14.6 in). Oil on panel, circa 1450.⁠ 🏛️The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. ⁠ @gettymuseum What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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