Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1613–1615). Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

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    Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder(1613–1615)
    In the painting we have Jan Brueghel with his second wife Catherina van Marienberghe and their children Pieter who was born in 1608 and Elizabeth who was born a year later. For a family portrait it is unusual that the mother should be the central and most dominant of all the figures present. Jan Brueghel stands protectively behind his family. His kindly features look towards his wife and children and, beyond, to their painter, his friend Rubens. This tender portrait celebrates family and friendship.