In 1630 the 53-year-old Rubens married a 16-year-old girl named Hélène Fourment. She was the youngest daughter of Daniel Fourment, a merchant dealing in silk and tapestries in Antwerp. She was an acclaimed beauty. Rubens himself wrote: 'I prefer a wife who does not blush with shame when I take my brushes in hand'. He made this drawing as a preparatory study for an oil painting now in the Alte Pinacothek in Munich.