Inspiration: New Works Created after Paintings in the Legion's Collection

In preperation for the exhibition Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor, artist Isabelle de Borchgrave created five new works inspired by paintings in the European paintings collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Selected by de Borchgrave during a summer 2010 visit to the Legion of Honor, the paintings include Anthony van Dyck's Marie Claire de Croy, Duchess d'Havre and Child (1634), Massimo Stanzione's Woman in Neapolitan Costume (ca. 1635), Konstantin Makovsky's The Russian Bride's Attire (1889), and Jacob-Ferdinand Voet's late 17th-century Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba.

All five of de Borchgrave's life-sized interpretations are on view in the last gallery of the exhibition. After taking in Pulp Fashion on the Legion's lower level, head upstairs to find three of the four paintings. (The portrait of Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba is not on public view, as it's currently being worked on in our conservation studio.)

Marie Claire de Croy and Child

Marie Claire de Croy and Child, 2010

Marie Claire de Croy and Child by Van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641), Marie Claire de Croy, Duchess d'Havre and Child, 1634.
Oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches. 58.43
On view in Gallery 14.

Neapolitan Woman

Neapolitan Woman, 2010

Neapolitan Woman

Massimo Stanzione (Italian, 1585–1656), Woman in Neapolitan Costume, ca. 1635.
Oil on canvas, 46 3/4 x 38 i/4 inches. 1997.32
On view in Gallery 6.

Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba

Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba, 2010

Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba

Jacob-Ferdinand Voet (Flemish, 1639–1700), Anna Caffarelli Minuttiba, late 17th century.
Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x 25 1/8 inches.


Bridesmaid, 2010

The Russian Bride's Attire

Konstantin Makovsky (Russian, 1839–1915), The Russian Bride's Attire, 1889.
Oil on canvas, 110 x 147 inches.
On view in Gallery 17.

The Russian Bride's Attire detail showing bridesmaid

Detail of The Russian Bride's Attire showing the figure of the bridesmaid who inspired de Borchgrave's creation.