Master bedroom (13)
Today, nothing in this room is reminiscent of a bedroom. It was given this name in the assumption that this was where Rubens slept.
According to tradition, the artist died here on 30 May 1640 following debilitating attacks of gout.
In this room
A chair like this one, with a rectangular, upholstered seat and back, was known a ‘Spanish chair’, as the design was based on sixteenth-century Spanish models.
The interior of the doors, the lid and the little drawers and compartments are decorated with paintings depicting mythological scenes based on compositions by Rubens.
This double portrait of Rubens and his eldest son Albert (1614-1657) is one of the rare paintings to depict an object from Rubens’ collection, namely the Hecate Triformis, a Roman statue from the first century AD, the original of which is now in Leiden.