The intimate atmosphere of this room is mainly due to the muted gold leather on the walls. This typical form of wall decoration was commonly used in the 17th century in patrician residences.
In this room
This portrait shows a richly dressed young lady representing Saint Agnes, the patron saint of virgins. She is recognisable from her traditional attributes.
In this time, Rubens was not only considered a scholarly painter, but also a lover and connoisseur of antique and contemporary Italian architecture.
This relief illustrates a story told by the Roman poet Virgil (70 BC-AD 19).
Isabella (1566-1633) and her husband, Archduke Albert, were among Rubens’s most important patrons.