Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of Sir Thomas Wharton

Portrait of Sir Thomas Wharton
(click image to zoom-in)
Author: Anthony van Dyck
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 217x128.5 cm
Origin: Flanders, 1639

More than 20 works by the Flemish portraitist Anthony van Dyck are now to be found in the Hermitage, the majority dating to the last, English, period of the artist's career, when he was court artist to King Charles I. A well-known aristocrat, member of the royal parliament, Lord Thomas Wharton is shown wearing the Order of the Garter, which he was awarded in 1635. But he is seen not only with the attributes of a knight - the metal armour beside him, the sword and spurs - but with all the accessories of a representative of the very highest of high society. His right hand Lord Wharton rests nonchalantly on a fine cane, whilst from his left hand droops a rich hat, decorated with ribbons and feathers. The supercilious expression on the face, the consciously imposing stance and rich attire emphasise his social status. In his English portraits, van Dyck skilfully achieves great likeness, whilst adding sufficient idealisation to flatter his high-ranking clients.

Style: Baroque
Source of entry: Collection of Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall, 1779
Exibition: Flemish Art: 17th century

See also

Anthony van Dyck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sir Anthony van Dyck (many variant spellings; [1] 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in ...
Anthony van Dyck - Olga's Gallery
Comprehensive collection of the images of his works with biography and historical comments.
WebMuseum: Dyck, Sir Anthony van
Dyck, Sir Anthony van (1599-1641). Apart from Rubens, the greatest Flemish painter of the 17th century. In 1609 he began his apprenticeship with Hendrick ...
Anthony Van Dyck
"Among Rubens's many famous pupils and assistants, the greatest and most independent was Anthony van Dyck. He soon acquired all the virtuosity of Rubens in ...

Site map

Albums Authors Countries Sources Epoches Exibitions Genres
Personages Schools Styles Techniques Themes Types Workshops

Image Use Policy

Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.

Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.

We make no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and do not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and make no warranties as to the quality of the images.

We shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold us harmless from all liability arising from such use.

We do not sell art prints, framed posters or reproductions. Ads are shown only to compensate the hosting expenses.