Portrait of Margarita of Lorraine, Duchess of Orleans, Antonis van Dyck, 1634

Portrait of Margarita of Lorraine, Duchess of Orleans, Antonis van Dyck, 1634
Portrait of Margarita of Lorraine, Duchess of Orleans, Antonis van Dyck, 1634 - 1

  • Posted by Antonis van Dyck
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1634

Description of the picture :

Portrait of Margarita of Lotharings, Duchess of Orleans – Antonis van Dyck. 1634. Oil on canvas. 204 x 117 cm
   Antonis van Dyck portraised a lot of royal people, but, capturing them in solemn poses, he sought to convey the inner world of the depicted people.

   The vertical format, which is peculiar to many paintings by this artist, emphasizes the majesty and at the same time the sophistication of the depicted woman. White, like porcelain, Margarita’s skin is shaded by a dark dress, and her beautiful-shaped head, neck and arms with long fingers crossing velvet fabric look even more elegant due to the splendor of the robe.

   The canvas is designed in several colors – white, black, light brown, bodily, this restrained color revitalizes the red drapery spread out in the distance. Roses in the girl’s hand can symbolize love or emphasize its youth and attractiveness, which are especially visible even in the ceremonial portrait.