National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Maddalena Cattaneo Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Maddalena Cattaneo, 1623
oil on canvas
overall: 122.5 x 84.1 cm (48 1/4 x 33 1/8 in.) framed: 163.2 x 125.1 cm (64 1/4 x 49 1/4 in.)
Widener Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 7 of 15

Maddalena Cattaneo is the daughter of Giacomo Cattaneo and Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo. Standing before a velvet cushion and holding an apple, a symbol of fertility, she creates a demure foil to her brother's more defiant image. Although the children's likenesses are companion pieces of identical size and similar interior setting, they do not correspond in format to their mother's portrait, also in the Gallery's collection. The pair of children's pictures may have hung together with Van Dyck's Elena Grimaldi in the Cattaneo palace.

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