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This is an early portrait by Van Dyck, painted when he was still an assistant in Rubens’s studio. The unidentified man is shown seated in a wide armchair. He has placed a finger in his small prayer book to mark his place. The simplicity of the architectural background, the sitter’s black clothes and his benevolent gaze give him a sober dignity.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)



Portrait of a Man in an Armchair




oil on panel


H 120.9 x W 80.8 cm

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bequeathed by Count Antoine Seilern, 1978

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