London, The Dulwich Picture Gallery
27 September 2023 – 28 January 2024
The Klesch Collection’s Portrait of a Young Woman Holding a Chain by Sir Peter Paul Rubens was on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery as part of the exhibition ‘Rubens & Women’, curated by Dr Ben van Beneden and Dr Amy Orrock.
This exhibition was the first to focus solely on one of Rubens’ most famous subjects: women. In this exhibition, over 40 paintings and drawings along with archival material from Rubens’ extensive career offered a fresh perspective on the type of women Rubens depicted, breaking away from the singular archetype of a voluptuous Rubenesque nude, as well as on the multifaceted roles women played in his world. The Klesch Collection’s early painting by the Baroque master was featured in the first section of the exhibition, which focused on portraiture, where the young woman portrayed shone alongside other formidable women, including Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia, Rubens’ two wives and his eldest daughter, Clara Serena.