Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, Germany, 1577 - 1640, Antwerp, Belgium) Flemish
Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), was one of the greatest connoisseurs and collectors of the seventeenth century. As a young man, he traveled to Flanders, where he first met Peter Paul Rubens, and to Italy, where he amassed a remarkable collection both of modern paintings and drawings, and of ancient sculpture. Arundel enjoyed a distinguished career as a diplomat and statesman in the service of Charles I until he suffered a humiliating defeat as general in 1638. He retired to the Netherlands shortly thereafter, and died in Italy in 1646.
Rubens' magisterial yet warmly observed likeness of the earl conveys the mutual respect that developed between the accomplished and erudite painter and his powerful patron. Rubens had already painted the earl's wife, Alathea Talbot, in 1620. Nine years later, when the artist came to London on a diplomatic mission, he renewed his friendship with Arundel. He was particularly eager to study the ancient sculpture and inscriptions in Arundel's collection, and wrote enthusiastically of them, "I confess that I have never seen anything in the world more rare, from the point of view of antiquity."
Archival quality and printed on 250gsm acid-free paper with a color permanence rating of 75+ years.
Print Size: 11.0" x 14.0" Image Size: 8.0" x 9.5625"