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.
111 cm × 87,6 cm
Framed: 139,4 cm × 116,5 cm × 9 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
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;
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