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Two rare royal portraits by van Dyck are on sale

Two rare portraits painted by Anthony van Dyck will be the “stars” of the sale of works by old masters at Sotheby's in December. These are images of the older children of the British King Charles I - the 11-year-old Prince of Wales (later King Charles II) and his 9-year-old sister Maria Henrietta, who wore the royal princess tutul (later the mother of King William III). The canvases are the latest works that the artist created for the crowned patron just a few months before his death.These charming, beautifully preserved portraits of about a hundred years were in one of the private collections. Now their total preliminary estimate is 2.6 million pounds (3.8 million dollars).
These images were conceived and executed in the summer of 1641. Perhaps these are portraits of the prince and princess, mentioned in the inventory of the workshop of Anthony van Dyck, who died in December of the same year. They concentrate all the extraordinary skill with which the artist has succeeded in child portraiture in the early years of his career in Genoa. Both works with amazing similarity depict royal children at a time when their world and the monarchy of the Stuarts were on the verge of collapse.Portrait of Charles II when he was Prince of Wales Antonis van Dijk 1641 “In these perfectly preserved portraits of the two older children of the monarch, we see how the artist mobilizes all his virtuosity to convey the youth and status of his royal models, said Sotheby's old masters department Alex Bell. - The turbulent history of the Stuarts yard has always captured the imagination of people. And exciting exhibitions in London this year will cause additional interest in the royal images, which are extremely rarely put up for sale. ”

Left: Anthony van Dyck, "Endymion Porter and Anthony van Dyck (detail: self-portrait)" (1623). Prado National Museum, Madrid
Anthony van Dyck in 1632 was appointed the Chief Royal Artist of Their Majesties and became the first painter to receive this court position (there are 11 such masters in the history of the British Monarchy; the last was George Hayter under Queen Victoria).
A native of Antwerp created many portraits of Charles I, his wife Henrietta Maria and their children. Much of the paintings are still in the British Royal Collection. The refined style with which Van Dyck depicted his crowned models, dominated English portraiture until the end of the 18th century.

Charles I and Henrietta Maria with two older children, Prince Charles and Princess Maria Antonis van Dijk1632, 303.8 × 256.5 cmThe image of the eldest child of Charles I - Prince of Wales and the future King Charles II - is estimated at 2-3 million pounds sterling. This is one of the best royal portraits in the late career of Van Dyck. The heir to the throne stands in armor, with a ribbon of the Order of the Garter, his left hand rests on the hilt of the sword, and his right hand rests on the stack. This image is a noticeable shift in the representation of the young prince. Unlike the famous children's portraits, where he is surrounded by brothers and sisters, this one radiates military and adult seriousness - both in the boy’s posture and in the objects surrounding him.Five children of King Charles I Antonis van Dijk XXVII century, 89.5 × 176.2 cm It is not known when the King gave an assignment to write this important portrait. The portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more prince. An indirect reference to the date can be found in the archival documents, where on August 9, 1641 there is a record of the payment of the barge, which "took his highness from Lambeth to Whitehall, and from there to Anthony van Dyck and back."
Despite his young age, the Prince of Wales accompanied his father at the beginning of the English Civil War and was present at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. When by 1646 it became clear that Charles I was losing, the prince was forced to flee from England and take refuge on the continent. After the execution of the king, he conducted a series of unsuccessful campaigns to restore his right to the throne. Only when Oliver Cromwell died in 1658, and the reformed parliament decided to reconstruct the monarchy, the heir returned to England as King Charles II.Portrait of Mary, the royal princess and princess Oranskoy Antonis van Dijk1641 “PortraitPortrait is a realistic genre depicting an existing person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of Mary, the royal princess, was written shortly after her marriage to Prince William II of Orange. The bride at that time was 9 years old, the bridegroom was 15. This is the last image of the King’s daughter, written by Van Dyck. Maria is depicted in an elegant orange silk dress, trimmed with lace and decorated with a blue ribbon. She has a wedding ring on her finger and a large diamond brooch on her chest, presented by her husband the day after the wedding in the spring of 1641. After her marriage, the princess remained in London until February 1642, and then went with her mother to Holland to reunite with her spouse. She will return to England after the restoration of the monarchy, but soon died of smallpox at the age of 29 years. Her first son, who was born in 1650 two days before the death of his father, later ascended the English throne as William III.Portrait of William II, Prince of Orange, and his wife Maria Stuart Gerrit van Honthorst 1647, 302 × 194.3 cmPortraitt portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read on Mary, who is tentatively estimated at 600-800 thousand pounds sterling, is one of the three versions that were written, most likely, in the summer of 1641. By that time, Van Dyke probably already felt too bad to complete the picture himself, and, apparently, commissioned his apprentices to write the princess dress.
Sale of works of old masters, which will be exhibited portraits of the royal offspring, will be held at Sotheby's headquarters in London on December 5. Archtha: read us in the Telegram and see in Instagram
According to the materials of the official website of the auction house Sotheby's and Artdaily

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