The newly discovered portrait of Van Dyck’s brush was first exhibited in London automatic translate
Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) of Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s brush, considered the last known image of the queen and lost through the ages, was recently discovered and exposed to the public in London.
A small picture, the size of only 76cm x 64cm, is half the length of the original portrait of the queen. Until now, there were many references to this canvas, known only for a large number of copies. However, all the known copies of the picture were of such poor quality that it was not possible to establish the authentic authorship of Van Dyck.
Van Dyck was the most important Flemish painter of the 17th century after, perhaps, Rubens. In addition, Van Dyck was an extremely successful portraitist and painter of religious and mythological paintings, an experienced draftsman and engraver. In England, he arrived in 1632, where his authority and benevolent attitude personally to King Charles I and his court allowed the artist to become the chief portraitist of the country. Van Dyck made a lot of portraits of the king and queen. However, some of his paintings were changed and painted over in the 18th century, and only recently. Among them - and a portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, on which she is depicted in the image of St. Catherine. Restoration of the canvas took more than 1000 hours. The reasons why the artist’s works were «hidden» under the later paintings are not yet clear.
In the years preceding the Civil War, Henrietta Maria identified herself with St. Catherine of Alexandria, because she devoted much energy to the propaganda of the Catholic faith among the population. This may have become one of the main reasons for the severance of relations between the king and the parliament of the country. Henrietta Maria was born in Paris and was the youngest daughter of Henry IV, King of France. At the age of fifteen, she moved to England and married Charles I. The marriage was very successful. During the Civil War, the queen fled to France, and her husband was executed in 1649. After his death, Henrietta-Maria went to the monastery, and in 1660 returned to England, the coronation of her son, King Charles II.
The painting will be on display until March 2013, at Banqueting House, in Whitehall.
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