Description: An Italian Nobleman

The gleam of light upon shining black armor, the delicate frill of lace at wrist and neck, and his self-assured expression all demonstrate this unnamed gentleman’s aristocratic heritage. His black suit of plate armor would disappear altogether, fading into the dark background, if not for the thin gold borders on the edges.

Painted during a six-year residency in and around Genoa, Italy, this ¾-length portrait depicts one of the many nobles who took advantage of the opportunity to have a likeness painted by a young Anthony van Dyck, who would go on to become one of the premier portrait painters of the time.

  • Artist:  Anthony van Dyck, Flemish, 1599—1641
  • Created:  1622—1625
  • Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  68.100