Lady Elizabeth Timbelby and Dorothy, Viscountess Andover, Antonis van Dyck
- Posted by Antonis van Dyck
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: Around 1637
Description of the picture :
Lady Elizabeth Timbelby and Dorothy, Viscountess Andover – Antonis van Dyck. Around 1637. Oil on canvas. 123.1 x 149 cm
In the ceremonial portrait, Van Dyck captured two Catholic sisters (in England the official church was Anglican), Elizabeth Timbelby and Dorothy, the Viscountess of Andover, on the eve of the wedding of one of them. Several biographical circumstances are “considered” in this work: Elizabeth, standing on the left, at the time of creating the canvas, in 1634, had already safely married. In the hands of the bride – Dorothy, whose marriage took place in 1637 (on this occasion a picture was written) – a basket with flowers. This is one of the symbols that the viewer of that time clearly understood: the attribute of St. Dorothea, the patroness of all brides. Cupid indicates that the planned union is for love. Dorothy is known to have escaped with her fiancé Charles Howard before their wedding took place.