Portrait of Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew

size(cm): 55x40
Sale price£150 GBP


The Portrait of Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew, painted by Anthony Van Dyck in the 17th century, is a masterpiece of Baroque art that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This painting is a perfect example of Van Dyck's artistic style, characterized by his ability to capture the elegance and grace of his subjects.

The composition of the painting is impressive, with Lady Killigrew seated on a throne, surrounded by red and gold velvet drapes. The position of his body and his direct gaze towards the viewer create a feeling of power and authority. The light that illuminates her face and her white dress contrasts with the dark background, making Lady Killigrew's figure stand out even more.

The use of color in this painting is exceptional. Van Dyck uses a palette of soft and delicate colors, which accentuate the beauty and elegance of Lady Killigrew. The white dress and lace headpiece are especially remarkable, as they are painted with an impressive technique that makes them look almost lifelike.

The story behind this painting is fascinating. Lady Killigrew was an English court lady who married a Cornish nobleman. Van Dyck painted her in 1638, shortly before her death. The painting was commissioned by her husband as a tribute to her beauty and elegance.

There are some little known aspects about this painting that make it even more interesting. For example, Van Dyck is believed to have used his own wife as the model for Lady Killigrew's face. Furthermore, the painting was stolen on two occasions, once in the 18th century and once in the 20th century, but it was recovered both times.

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