Figure 1.-- Rubens and Isabella had three children. Rubens painted a portrait of his sons Albert and Nicholus (about 1625). Their clothing is a testimony to his material success as an artist.
Rubens married twice and fathered eight children. He first fellmin love with and married Isabella Brant after returing to Antwerp from Italy (1609). He built a himself and his new wife a large house in Antwerp and set up his studio there (1611). He transformed the house at the Wapper into a painters workshop and many great works were painted there. Rubens and Isabella had three children. Rubens painted a portrait of his sons Albert and Nicholus (about 1625). Their clothing is a testimony to his material success as an artist. Note the rich fabrics and the finishings such as collars and ribbons. Also notice the older boy wearing black and the younger boy colorful clothes. Also notice the strap shoes, a common European style at the time.
Isabella died in 1626. He married Hélène Fourment (1630). She was only 17-years old and the daughter of a friend, tapestry merchant Daniel Fourment. He and Hélène had five more children. He used Hélène as a subject for quite a number of portraits.
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