Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Royal Portraitist—the Entrancing Marchesa

Anthony van Dyck, Marchesa Elena Grimaldi-Cattaneo, 1622-1623, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Flemish Baroque portraitist Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was commissioned by the elite circles of seventeenth century royalty and aristocracy including the striking Marchesa Grimaldi-Cattaneo. She was a member of one of the then ruling families of shipping power Genoa, Italy—a city, unfortunately, currently in the headlines  with the tragic collapse of a local bridge.

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