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  • Nicolaes Rockox (1560-1640)

    Artist:
    Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    122,5x117 cm

Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641

Nicolaes Rockox (1560-1640)

Flanders, 1621

Nicolaes Rockox, the subject of this portrait, was a merchant, representative of the high city aristocracy of Antwerp, learned numismatist, collector and patron of the arts, who was elected burgomaster of his native city nine times. In this work Van Dyck followed the long-established tradition of official portraits of wealthy burghers. In the 17th century those who commissioned portraits were no longer satisfied with the addition of aristocratic gauntlets and coat-of-arms indicating their elevated status and position in society as was the case in the 16th century. Although Rockox is portrayed in the severe dark clothing of a burgher, he is surrounded by a stately palace setting, with a background of monumental architecture and drapery, among the attributes of his varied activities. He holds a letter or business document in his hand. In the space between the columns we see the spire of the Hanseatic House in Antwerp where the German merchants with whom Rockox had dealings were installed. On the tapestry table covering, there are books and sculptures from Classical Antiquity. The portrait was painted in 1621 following the artist?s return from his first trip to England, when the influence of Titian came to be seen in greater solemnity and a more imposing style.

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Nicolaes Rockox (1560-1640)

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oil

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122,5x117 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1932; handed over by the Antikvariat All-Union Association; originally in the Counts Stroganov family collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6922

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