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Rubens’s last decade was spent in and around Antwerp. In 1630, four years after the death of his first wife, the 53-year-old painter married 16-year-old Hélène Fourment. Hélène inspired the voluptuous figures in many of his paintings from the 1630s, including The Feast of Venus (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), The Three Graces (Prado, Madrid) and The Judgment of Paris (National Gallery, London). In the latter painting, which was made for the Spanish court, the artist’s young wife was recognized by viewers in the figure of Venus. In an intimate portrait of her, Hélène Fourment in a Fur Wrap, also known as Het Pelsken. Rubens’s wife is even partially modelled after classical sculptures of the Venus Pudica, such as the Medici Venus.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Paul_Rubens

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