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Bernini/Rubens by anyanka323
March 14, 2009, 12:00 pm
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Constanza Bonarelli, 1638-38, Bargello Florence

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Constanza Bonarelli, 1638-38, Bargello Florence

Bernini interrupts Constanza in the act of speaking. It is perhaps of of his most seemingly informal portraits.  Bernini probably made it for his own pleasure and it was sold to the Medici in Florence.  In the recent Getty exhibition catalog it was mentioned that  there were several documented replicas made during Bernini’s lifetime and one possibly made by Bonarelli’s husband.

Constanza was the wife of one his studio assistants who was involved with Bernini. When he found out that Constanza was also involved with his brother, Bernini got upset and physically attacked the both of them. Bernini was forced to beg for forgiveness from Urbana VIII and finally agreed to marry.  His Truth Unveiled by Time in the Borghese Gallery is another reaction to the Bonarelli affair.

Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait of Isabella Brandt, 1621, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC

Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait of Isabella Brandt, 1621, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC

Van Dyck painted Isabella Brandt, the first wife of his mentor and teacher Peter Paul Rubens, in the garden of her home in Antwerp. She first appeared in her husband’s works in the 1609 Rubens and Isabella Brandt under the Honeysuckle Tree and other works including a Rubens and Brueghel the Younger Madonna and Child in a Garland until her death in 1626.

It is the first of Van Dyck’s great female portraits, painted shortly after the end of apprenticeship with Rubens.  Van Dyck would paint the nobility of Genoa and permanently influence the direction of English painting through his paintings of the first Stuart court.  Another of of his works, the portrait of Henrietta Maria with her dwarf is also in the National Gallery.

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