Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)|
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Marchesa Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo, 1623
oil on canvas
overall: 242.9 x 138.5 cm (95 5/8 x 54 1/2 in.)
Object 5 of 15
With superb animation, the Marchesa Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo strolls before an imposing colonnade and turns to confront the viewer, whose presence she has just sensed. Van Dyck represented her cuffs in a bright red to match the parasol, making a triangular configuration of color around her self-assured face. In reality, the cuffs must have been white like her collar. The scarlet sunshade attracts attention to the head, much as a halo would in a religious image. Enhancing her almost supernatural status are the reverent eyes of her servant.
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