Nicholas Lanier (1588 - 1666) with The Liberation of St. Peter by Hendrick van Steenwyck II
Oil on panel transferred to canvas: 36 3/16 x 28 13/16 inches, 90.5 x 72 cm
- with The Weiss Gallery, 2010, sold to
- Private collection, UK
This extraordinary portrait painted in 1613 depicts Nicholas Lanier, a true Renaissance polymath. He was at various times a singer, lutenist, composer, courtier, spy, art collector, dealer, painter and the first
‘Master of the King’s Musick’. He was to be painted by great artists including Guido Reni, Van Dyck, Jan Lievens and William Dobson, as well as fashioning his own self-portrait. The virtuosity of the present work is exceptional, especially when viewed within the context of English painting at the time which was stylised and somewhat naïve. This portrait opens a window upon the culture and connoisseurship of an individual who was at the vanguard of aesthetics, both as a musician and as an art collector, and who was responsible for introducing new Italian ideas into Jacobean England.
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