Rubens and Isabella Brandt (c. 1609),Artist:Peter Paul Rubens

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    Rubens and Isabella Brandt (c. 1609)
    The Honeysuckle Bower painting is a self-portrait of the artist with his first wife, Isabella Brant. It was painted shortly before their marriage in 1609. The pair are depicted sitting in a honeysuckle branch.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.
    In Ruben’s renowned painting, he is depicted as a noble, chivalrous gentleman, sitting slightly raised above his wife and protectively leaning over her. The painting is constructed in a neat, orderly and straight-forward fashion, suggesting hope and order in their future union.