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 is thought to have been original to the work, possibly even designed Van Dyck himself — the sunflower at the top of the frame mirroring the sunflower from Van Dyck’s earlier self-portrait.
Reed Enger, "Self Portrait," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 23, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/anthony-van-dyck/self-portrait/.