Charles I in Three Positions by Anthony van Dyck


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Charles I in Three Positions by Anthony van Dyck Charles I in Three Positions by Anthony van Dyck

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641)

Nationality: Flemish

Completion Date: 1636

Style: Baroque

Genre: Portrait

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: Royal Collection, Windsor Castle

This triple portrait had an unusual function as a kind of design for sculpture. In 1636 Charles I dispatched the original of this painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck to the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Rome. It was to assist in the making of a marble bust. The three viewpoints were chosen to enable the sculptor to create a truly three-dimensional likeness.

The sculpture was intended as a papal present to Queen Henrietta Maria. After the bust was finished, the painting remained in the possession of Bernini and passed to his descendants. It was brought back to England in 1802 and entered the Royal Collection in 1822. The bust itself was a great success with…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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