Anthony van Dyck / Portrait of a Woman and Child / c. 1623-1625Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of a Woman and Child
c. 1623-1625

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Creator Name: Dyck, Anthony van
Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1599 - 1641
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Anthony van Dyck
Title: Portrait of a Woman and Child
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1623
Creation End Date: 1625
Creation Date: c. 1623-1625
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 217.8cm x 146cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1954.392
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Provenance: Earl of Caledon (bought in Florence, 1829, New York sale 1895); J. P. Morgan, New York (1902, sold 1913); (Knoedler)
Context: Large full-length portraits with props such as columns, dramatic draperies, and rich decorations were normally reserved for those who could afford them: royalty and the aristocracy. This portrait of an unidentified Genoese noblewoman emphasizes her wealth and her status as a mother, both of which confirm her social position. Van Dyck enlivened the composition by showing the child spontaneously reaching up to her.After studying with Peter Paul Rubens in Antwerp, Van Dyck lived and worked in Italy from 1621 to 1628. There he established an elegant portrait type--grand images of the nobility with proud postures and slim figures--that soon became common all over Europe. He returned to Antwerp for a brief period but then, at the invitation of King Charles I, he went to England, where he remained for the rest of his life.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1954.392
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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