Portrait of Susanna Lunden
The portrait's subject has not been securely identified, but she may be Susanna Lunden, née Fourment (1599-1628), the older sister of Rubens' future second wife Helena Fourment. If the identification is correct, the portrait probably dates to the time of Susanna's marriage to her second husband, Arnold Lunden, in 1622. The ring on her finger might mean that the painting is a marriage portrait.
Rubens' portrait was engraved in 1823 by Robert Cooper (active 1795-1836). At that time, it acquired the name Le Chapeau de Paille, which incorrectly describes the hat as "straw" (paille). A sketch of Rubens' painting (ca. 1823-24) by J. M. W. Turner is in the Tate.
In 1781, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and her husband visited Flanders and the Netherlands, which inspired her to paint Self-Portrait with Straw Hat (1782), a "free imitation" of Rubens' La Chapeau de Paille.
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- "Joseph Mallord William Turner: A Sketch Copy of Rubens's Portrait of ?Susanna Lunden ('Le Chapeau de Paille'); a Stooping Man". Tate. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
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- "Self-Portrait in a Straw Hat". National Gallery. Retrieved 10 March 2018.