Long-term loan

Antwerp, Rubenshuis
28 May 2021 – 8 January 2023

The Klesch Collection was delighted to have this early Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding a Chain by Sir Peter Paul Rubens on view at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp for nearly two years.

This unique portrait by the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque, conceived with all the assured fluidity of Rubens’ hand, is testament to his masterful control of the paintbrush. Alongside the dazzling painterly strokes made to convey the cuff and ruff collar, the sitter’s face and hands are finished to a high degree, capturing the young woman’s youth and the intensity of her gaze.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding a Chain, 1603–1606

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Click or tap below to listen to the former director of the Rubenshuis, Ben van Beneden, as he talks about this early work, Rubens’ transformative trip to Italy and the way he revolutionised European art.

Long-term loan

Antwerp, Rubenshuis
28 May 2021 – 8 January 2023

The Klesch Collection was delighted to have this early Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding a Chain by Sir Peter Paul Rubens on view at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp for nearly two years.

This unique portrait by the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque, conceived with all the assured fluidity of Rubens’ hand, is testament to his masterful control of the paintbrush. Alongside the dazzling painterly strokes made to convey the cuff and ruff collar, the sitter’s face and hands are finished to a high degree, capturing the young woman’s youth and the intensity of her gaze.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding a Chain, 1603–1606

Watch video

Click or tap below to listen to the former director of the Rubenshuis, Ben van Beneden, as he talks about this early work, Rubens’ transformative trip to Italy and the way he revolutionised European art.