Portrait of Ambrogio Spinola (c. 1627). Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

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    Portrait of Ambrogio Spinola (c. 1627). Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
    Don Ambrogio Spinola Doria, marqués de los Balbases (1569-1630), was an Italian general, at the service of Spain. He is often called "Ambrosio", especially in Spanish-speaking countries. The most significant act of his career was the taking of Breda, depicted in the famous painting by Velázquez.
    This portrait of Spinola is posed in such a way as to create a diagonal from the back left to the near right, infusing the picture with dynamism. Rubens himself painted a portrait of Spinola in 1625; this version is one of two copies that came from his studio, very likely under his direction.