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image of Filippo Cattaneo Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Filippo Cattaneo, 1623
oil on canvas
overall: 122.5 x 84.1 cm (48 1/4 x 33 1/8 in.) framed: 161.6 x 123.8 cm (63 5/8 x 48 3/4 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 6 of 15

Filippo Cattaneo and the companion painting of his sister Maddalena are Van Dyck's only known pair of children's portraits. In response to dynastic concerns of Genoese patricians, the artist began to portray individual children in Italy. An inscription on the wall at the left gives the boy's age as four years, seven months. Regardless of his innocent charm, the child assumes a posture of authority as his father's heir. One arm is cocked on his hip, and the other firmly controls an iron chain restraining a mastiff puppy.

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