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Flemish School, late 16th century

Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria (1566 - 1633), three-quarter length, holding a lace handkerchief and resting a hand on the back of a chair

Flemish School, late 16th century

Flemish School, late 16th century

Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria (1566 - 1633), three-quarter length, holding a lace handkerchief and resting a hand on the back of a chair

Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria (1566 - 1633), three-quarter length, holding a lace handkerchief and resting a hand on the back of a chair

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Flemish School, late 16th century

Portrait of the Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria (1566 - 1633), three-quarter length, holding a lace handkerchief and resting a hand on the back of a chair


oil on panel transferred to canvas

canvas: 47⅝ by 37½ in.; 121 by 95.5 cm

framed: 55¾ by 48¼ in.; 141.6 by 122.6 cm.

The panel has been transferred to a canvas that is stable on its stretcher. The image reads very well beneath the varnish with details in the costume retained. A vertical strip about one inch wide that was removed from the composition has been attached to the right edge of the canvas during the transferring and relining but is only visible when the painting is unframed. The left side of the background had recent work to address lifting and flaking that is now stablized. No other retouching is obvious to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, repairs are concentrated in the background: a large area to the left of the woman’s head, a repaired compound tear in the bottom quadrant that runs about 18 inches horizontally and 12 inches vertically on either end, and a a larger area in the sky at upper right which is slightly visible to the naked eye as discolored varnish. Other retouching is present in the face and hand and minor retouches in the costume. The painting has been thoroughly restored and can hang in its present state. Offered in a simply carved ebonized wood frame with gilt inner liner.


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Private collection, Connecticut;
With Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York, by 2005 (as Portrait of a Noblewoman, traditionally called Queen Elizabeth I);
Anyonmous sale, London, Sotheby's, 5 December 2006, lot 343 (as Portrait of Archduchess Clara Eugenia of Austria);
There acquired.
New York, American Museum of Natural History; Tokyo, National Science Museum; London, Natural History Museum, Pearls and Natural History, 8 October 2005 - 6 August 2006.

Archduchess Isabella Clara Eugenia of Austria was the daughter of King Phillip II of Spain and his third wife Elizabeth of Valois. She was created viceroy of the Spanish Netherlands in 1598 and she married Archduke Albert of Austria in 1599. She remained viceroy after Albert's death in 1621 until her own in 1633. During their reign the arts experienced an unprecedented flourishing in the prosperity after the revolt of the Northern Provinces.


The prior identification of the sitter as Queen Elizabeth is likely due to the red hair and regal dress; the queen had clothing from across Europe, and while the Spanish dress and jewels seen here would not have been out of place in the royal wardrobe, they more likely identify the sitter as the Spanish-born Isabella Clara Eugenia.