Ilir Pojani, United States
After "Portrait of Anne of Austria" by Rubens (below), c. 2018
Oil on canvas
24 H x 18 W x 0.8 in
As the eldest daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, Anna was a desirable candidate for marriage at the European courts. Her parents thought of a Spanish marriage to strengthen links between the Austrian and Spanish Habsburg families.
Plans for a Spanish marriage were revived when Philip's third wife, Elisabeth, died in childbirth in 1568. As a result, Philip was left a widower with two young daughters
Philip was a conscientious monarch and maintained his relationship with Anna twice a week in the form of notes, as well as visiting his niece's bedchamber up to three times a day. It was Philip's fourth marriage, but the king still had no male heir. Anna completed her duties flawlessly in that regard. Not only was she a good stepmother to Philip's daughters Isabella Clara Eugenia and Catherine Michelle, but she also gave birth to five children, including four sons, of which the eldest three died before Philip, and the youngest succeeded as Philip III. More on Anne of Austria
Painting has always been an essential part of his life. Pojani began to draw and paint as a little child, and never had any doubts about becoming an artist.
His art is characterized by a contemporary figurative style, ranging from representational to a semi-representational form, with elements of abstraction and ambiguous narrative, leaving the subject recognizable. More on Ilir Pojani
Peter Paul Rubens, (1577–1640)
Portrait of Anne of Austria (1601-1666), Queen of France, c. 1620-1625.
Oil on panel
Height: 105 cm (1.1 yd); Width: 93 cm (1 yd)
Sir Peter Paul Rubens (28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish Baroque painter. A proponent of an extravagant Baroque style that emphasized movement, colour, and sensuality, Rubens is well known for his Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects.
In addition to running a large studio in Antwerp that produced paintings popular with nobility and art collectors throughout Europe, Rubens was a classically educated humanist scholar and diplomat who was knighted by both Philip IV of Spain and Charles I of England. More Sir Peter Paul Rubens
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