The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Monday, 2 December 2013

The last self portrait of van Dyck

the last selfie of Sir Anthony van Dyck
 Just as the town and castle of Richelieu were being finished in 1641, poor Anthony van Dyck died  in London, over la manche, aged only 42.  Court painter to the to-be-chopped Stuart King, Charles 1; contemporary British monarch to Louis XIII, the loyal and royal husband to the the French king's Louis' sister, Henrietta Maria.
Anthony van Dyck was the opposite number to Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu's court painter, Philippe de Champaigne.  Both painters from the Spanish Netherlands; both painters to  the nobility and image-makers of the National myth.

This portrait is the subject of a public appeal to prevent some Yank(?) adding it to his boring private investment collection.  Six million quid (more?) in contributions please….
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Unknown said...

Intéressant votre billet qui complète l´historial de van Dyck que j´avais après la dernière exposition de van Dyck du museo del Prado et nous met en relation avec l´époque du cardinal. Belle journée à vous.

Abbé Henri Proust said...

Finally spelt his name right. But what a period for portraiture - Champaigne/vanDyck/Velasques. Lucky for la Alba to be a Prado neighbour!

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