Portrait of a knight with a red bandage, Antonis Van Dyck

Portrait of a knight with a red bandage, Antonis Van Dyck
Portrait of a knight with a red bandage, Antonis Van Dyck - 1

  • Posted by Antonis van Dyck
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1625-1627

Description of the picture :

Portrait of a knight with a red bandage – Antonis Van Dyck. Oil on canvas. 90 x 70 cm
   If we very briefly define the difference in Dutch and Flemish art of the 17th century, then we can say that in the first time still lifes, called “deception”, due to realistic features and amazing detail of the image, brought to illusoryness, in the second – ceremonial portraits. Antonis Van Dyck is the brightest representative of the genre, master of the ceremonial portrait and religious stories in the Baroque style.

   “Portrait of a Knight with a Red Tap” is one of the best examples of Van Dyck’s work. Compositely it is built perfectly: the face of the model is in the center of the horizontal of the picture, in its turn energy, strength and courage are felt, it rivets the viewer’s gaze. The texture and brilliance of the rover’s lat are remarkably transmitted.

   The portrait was written at that time of life, when Van Dyck created unusually easily, quickly and at the same time achieved an ideal study of the works. At the end of his life, a master constrained in finances had to write too much to be able to do this with complete artistic perfection. From 1621 to 1627 he lived in Italy, spending most of his time in the highest circles of Genoese society. Many representatives of the aristocracy became models for him. However, it has not yet been possible to identify the character on this canvas. It is even possible that this is not a portrait of a real face, but a certain allegory.