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The great Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens painted many paintings in which he used his own self-portrait. Before him, not a single artist made so many of his images.
Unlike the portraits of other people painted by him in the so-called Baroque style - in lush rich clothes with heavy expensive accessories, self-portraits of Rubens himself are more like everyday images. These portraits evoke associations with photographs taken by someone from home during ordinary activities. Moreover, they do not have a single gram of narcissism or protrusion of any existing or imaginary virtues.
In the picture, we see a still not old man in a dark black-brown blouse with a starched collar and a wide-brimmed hat, a shade close to the clothes. The white spot of the collar sets off the red of his beard. The hat is devoid of any jewelry such as feathers and embroidery.
The background of the picture, like the clothes of a man, is simple and subdued. The man’s blond hair is almost hidden under his headdress, an elegant little beard frames his face, the splendor of his mustache is tamed by a hairdresser. The thinker's high forehead, elongated nose of a noble form, the blush of a healthy person on his cheeks. A man looks at the viewer with clear dark brown eyes, in which his mind, education and energy are read.
All these are not allegations, since Rubens was a very ambiguous personality. He was interested in the natural sciences and philosophy, corresponded with many scientists of that time, and also engaged in diplomatic activities.
Drawing portraits of kings and nobles of different countries, Rubens conducted secret and not very negotiations, and was involved in politics. He was an unofficial confidant of the Infanta Isabella. And with all this, he managed to write - and wrote about 1000 paintings.
Melancholy paintings by Albrecht Durer