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image of Henri II de Lorraine Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Henri II de Lorraine, c. 1634
oil on canvas
overall: 204.6 x 123.8 cm (80 9/16 x 48 3/4 in.) framed: 247.7 x 165.7 cm (97 1/2 x 65 1/4 in.)
Gift of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 14 of 15

Henri II de Lorraine was painted in Brussels during Van Dyck's visit to the southern Netherlands in 1633–1634. Henri II had fled from the French duchy of Lorraine after the failure of his intrigue against Louis XIII's prime minister. With ostrich plumes in his hat, armor scattered at his feet, and a steel gorget or throat guard underneath his lace collar, the duke is among the most flamboyant sitters Van Dyck ever portrayed. The bachelor also has a lovelock—a curl grown longer than the rest of his hair—in which a gallant would sport ribbons that were favors from his lady friends.

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