Isabella Brant

Antwerp 1591 - Antwerp 1626

first wife of painter Peter Paul Rubens

Child: Albert Rubens
Isabella Brant
Portrait of Isabella Brant by Peter Paul Rubens.jpg
Portrait of Isabella Brant by Rubens, c. 1620–1625 (Cleveland Museum of Art)
Died15 July 1626 (aged 34)
Cause of deathBubonic plague
OccupationArtists' model
Spouse(s)Peter Paul Rubens
ChildrenClara Rubens, Nikolaas Rubens, Albert Rubens
Parent(s)Jan Brant (father), Clara de Moy (mother)

Isabella Brant (or Brandt; 1591 – 15 July 1626[1]) was a Flemish artists' model who was the first wife of painter Peter Paul Rubens.


She was the eldest daughter of Jan Brant, an important city official in Antwerp, and Clara de Moy, daughter of Hendrik de Moy. Her aunt Marie de Moy was married to Phillipe I Rubens, brother of her future husband. Isabella Brant married the brother of her uncle Peter Paul on 3 October 1609 in St. Michael's Abbey, Antwerp. They had three children: Clara, Nicolaas, Lord of Rameyen and Albert. She was 34 years old when she died of the plague.

Jan Brant;
married to Clara de Moy; daughter of Hendrik de Moy.[2]

    1. Isabella Brant, (1591-1626);
      married to Peter Paul Rubens.
      1. Albert Rubens
    2. Hendrik Brant (1594); died in youth.
    3. Jan Brant (1596); died without children.
    4. Clara Brant (1599);
      married in 1619 to Daniel II Fourment, Lord of Wijtvliet, brother of Helena Fourment


Several paintings of Brant and one important drawing of her by Rubens survive, in addition to a portrait of her by Rubens' disciple and assistant, Anthony van Dyck.

In 1977, Brant appeared on a postage stamp of Anguilla.



  1. ^ ROSINE DE DIJN, "Liefde, leed en passie. De vrouwen van Rubens", Van Halewyck, Leuven, 2009
  2. ^ “De” Vlaamsche school: algemeen tijdschrift voor kunsten en letteren / Buschmann, 1863

Further reading[edit]

  • Liedtke , Walter A. (1984). Flemish paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 0870993569. (see index).

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