Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666) with "The Liberation of St. Peter" by Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger (c. 1580-1649), 1613
Oil on panel, transferred to canvas
35 5/8 x 28 ¾ in. (90.5 x 72 cm.)
Copyright: The Weiss Gallery
Nicholas Lanier, a true Renaissance polymath, one of the most influential court musicians of the seventeenth century, was Master of the King’s Musick, as well as an accomplished artist and collector, given free reign to shape the Royal collection for Charles I, and given ear to the social elite, rumoured to be involved in political and ambassadorial espionage.