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Self Portrait

Anthony van Dyck, 1640 – 1641
Self Portrait, Anthony van Dyck
Self Portrait, zoomed in
56 cmSelf Portrait scale comparison46 cm
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Self Portrait is a Baroque Oil on Canvas Painting created by Anthony van Dyck from 1640 to 1641. It lives at the National Portrait Gallery, London in London. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Self-portraits, Shaped Canvas and Framed Artwork. Download

Sir Anthony Van Dyck only painted three self-portraits. This self-portrait, his last, was painted the year before his death. He looks over his right shoulder to catch your eye, breaking his focus on some task off-canvas. While we typically remove the frames from artworks on Obelisk, this frame is included because it may be original to the work, possibly designed Van Dyck himself—the sunflower at the top of the frame mirroring the sunflower from Van Dyck’s earlier self-portrait.

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