Sir Anthony van Dyck
1599 – 1641
Pompone II de Bellièvre
Painted circa 1640
Oil on canvas: 54 7/8 x 44 3/16 inches, 137.2 x 110.5 cm
- with The Weiss Gallery, 1997, sold to
- The Seattle Art Museum, U.S.A.
This noble portrait was a great re-discovery, having long been mis-attributed to Van der Helst and with the sitter’s identity unknown. It is an important addition to the artist’s oeuvre, not least because it plausibly was executed during his brief spell in Paris, a period in Van Dyck’s life of which relatively little is known. Pompone II de Bellièvre, had been the ambassador to the court of Charles I from 1637 until his recall to France early in 1640 and he was likely an important entrée for Van Dyck in the artist’s attempt to re-establish himself in Paris in the last two years of his life.
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