Can you believe this was painted in 1606? That really blows my mind that it was painted so long ago and I can just hop on the metro and go look at it today in 2008! I recommend searching it out next time you are at the NGA.
However, in person this painting is on the creepy side. You know at Disneyland in the haunted mantion there are paintings that follow you with their eyes, well this painting seems to do that. It really fascinating.
One of my favorite facts about this painting is it used to be much bigger. It was full length, so it didnt cut off mid-calf and used to show more architecture and even some landscape. Poor Rubens probably worked so hard to give her feet and make a great setting for her and then someone went and chopped it right off.