Portrait of James Stewart, Antonis van Dyck

Portrait of James Stewart, Antonis van Dyck
Portrait of James Stewart, Antonis van Dyck - 1

  • Posted by Antonis van Dyck
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1634-1635

Description of the picture :

Portrait of James Stewart – Antonis van Dyck. Oil on canvas. 215.9 x 127.6 cm
   In the prime of his work, the best Flemish portrait painter Antonis Van Dyck (1599-1641) worked at the court of King Charles I. He created a whole gallery of portraits of English nobility, among which is a portrait of James Stewart, Duke of Lennox and Richmond.

   This is a ceremonial image: a silver star is embroidered on the camisole of the royal cousin, indicating that in front of us is a gentleman of the Order of the Garter (the garter itself is visible on its left leg). He stands in a proud pose, imprinted in full growth, and so that the viewer looks at Stuart a little from below.

   But how much good-natured humor is how Van Dyke saw this aristocrat! The long figure of the portraised artist emphasizes the elongated format of the picture and the fact that on the left and right he closely pushes the frame to the depicted. Next to him, the artist agreed to write his favorite dog – also high and lanky. Still, the portrait of the sheep with incredible warmth: no matter how Stuart tried to give his face a chilly and arrogant expression, familiar to official portraits, nothing came of it. He bribes the viewer with his charm and kindness.