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image of Portrait of a Flemish Lady Sir Anthony van Dyck (artist)
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
Portrait of a Flemish Lady, probably 1618
oil on canvas
overall: 123 x 90 cm (48 7/16 x 35 7/16 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: Sir Anthony van Dyck
Object 1 of 15

Portrait of a Flemish Lady follows a traditional format for the sitter's direct gaze, erect posture, and opposed hand positions. The portrait is enlivened, however, by Van Dyck's deft highlights on the jewelry, gold embroidey, lace cuffs, and millstone collar. In 1618 Van Dyck registered as a master in the Antwerp Painters' Guild. The nineteen-year-old prodigy was then entitled to accept his own commissions, possibly accounting for a sudden burst of activity noticeable in the late 1610s.

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