1 June – 2 September 2018
The Rubenshuis and MAS in Antwerp collaborated on the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Michaelina Wautier. Baroque’s Leading Lady’, curated by Dr. Katlijne van der Stighelen. The Klesch Collection’s Portrait of Martino Martini proudly featured in this first retrospective exhibition on the artist, which launched Wautier’s reputation as a dynamic, talented, and ambitious artist.
Successfully breaking through the glass ceiling, Wautier became a popular professional artist in her time. Despite the success in her own day and — what we now recognise to be — her unique artistic language, Wautier’s work was largely forgotten or misattributed. Her Portrait of Martino Martini is one of the few fully signed and dated portraits currently known. The painting is an example of her most accomplished portraits, conveying her talent to translate the inner worlds of her subjects into painting and her ability to skilfully render textured fabrics.