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Equestrian portrait of Charles I - Anthony van Dyck. 367x292.1
Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) - Flemish painter, portrait master.
In 1625, Charles I became the successor of his father Jacob (James) I as king of Great Britain and Ireland. From 1632, Van Dyck was appointed a court painter and constantly wrote the king and his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. In total, he created 35 portraits of the monarch, seven of them are equestrian. These paintings completely satisfied the king, as they conveyed his conviction of the divine destiny to rule the country. Van Dyck claimed the title of his art - "Karl - King of Great Britain."
In this portrait Charles I presented as a warrior king on a magnificent horse, in knightly armor and with a command stick in his hand, as if he were leading his knights. He is dressed in the so-called Greenwich armor (manufactured in the 16th century at Greenwich in England). Significantly, the work is probably intentionally reminiscent of "Portrait of Emperor Charles V before the Battle of Mülberg" Titian brushes (1548), stored in the Prado Museum in Madrid. On it, the emperor also appears as a warrior, he has just won the Protestant League in Mülberg. Comparison of the portrait of Van Dyck with the work of Titian was to inspire the viewer with thought of Charles I as the same defender of the faith.