Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria

Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1606. The Flemish Baroque artist was born this day in 1577 Twitter /  Youtube / Bloglovin / Google+ / Instagram /  LinkedIn /  Pinterest / Tumblr

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Peter Paul Rubens, Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606, oil on canvas, 152.5 x 99 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Source

Rubens painted the Genoese aristocrat Brigida Spinola the year after her marriage to the Marquis Giacomo Massimiliano Doria. According to the National Gallery of Art, women from 17th-century Genoa were able to exercise a level of self-government significantly higher than women from other Italian states at the time. Spinola Doria is represented as an exceptionally regal noblewoman.