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Nicholas Lanier

around 1632, Artist: Anthonis van Dyck



Nicholas Lanier

Lanier (1588–1666), chief court musician and one of the art agents of King Charles I of England, commissioned van Dyck for this portrait. As the picture was meant for the art-lover king’s collections, van Dyck employed all his brilliant gifts in the artistic workmanship; the setting of the knee-piece in front of ruins with a view over a romantic landscape, reminiscent of the Upper Italian Renaissance portraits, is a homage to the king’s and to van Dyck’s favourite painter. Yet van Dyck also captured Lanier’s elegant, over-refined nature, which reflects the way courtly society in the Stuart era perceived itself.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 23

Object data

Object Name





around 1632


Anthonis van Dyck (1599 Antwerpen - 1641 London) - GND




111 cm × 87,6 cm
Framed: 139,4 cm × 116,5 cm × 9 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 501


Col. Charles I of England; acquired by Lanier from this collection on 2 November 1649; 1689 Col. Don Gaspar de Haro y Guzmán, marqués del Carpio, Madrid (?); 1720 in the gallery in Vienna;


Nicholas Lanier (1588 - 1666) - GND

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