Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment (1614–1673), and Their Son Frans (1633–1678)
This magnificent portrait shows the artist with his second wife and one of their five children strolling in a “Garden of Love.” The child wears male attire and must be Frans (1633–1678). He appears without his older sister because the picture is not a family portrait but an homage to Helena as wife and mother, one of whose most important attributes was providing her husband with a son. The gestures and glances of both male figures and symbols of fecundity such as the fountain and caryatid pay tribute to Helena, who has the innocence and serenity of a female saint.
Published by MGuatyMarrero for Cjaronu