Saturday, June 14

The Honeysuckle Bower

The Honeysuckle Bower (ca. 1609) is a self-portrait of the artist Peter Paul Rubens and his first wife, Isabella Brant.

The painting is a full-length double portrait of the couple seated in a bower of honeysuckle. They are surrounded by love and marriage symbolism: the honeysuckle and garden are both traditional symbols of love, and the holding of right hands represents union through marriage.
(Massive hi-res version here.)

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