National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Philip, Lord Wharton Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Philip, Lord Wharton, 1632
oil on canvas
overall: 133 x 106 cm (52 3/8 x 41 3/4 in.) framed: 171.8 x 144.1 cm (67 5/8 x 56 3/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 12 of 15

Philip, Lord Wharton was one of Van Dyck's first private commissions after he arrived in London in March 1632. Casually bracing a shepherd's crook in his arm, the nineteen-year-old aristocrat engages in a pastoral masquerade. The relationship of the handsome youth to the Arcadian landscape suggests a philosophical attitude that pervaded Charles I's court. A classical concept of ideal love had come to encompass, through Christian interpretation, the idea that physical beauty was a means of spiritually approaching God.

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