Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, court painter to Charles I, portrayed his subjects with the elegance and virtuosity of Italian Renaissance painters, providing prestige and distinction to court culture of the period. In this work, the widowed Lady Dacre holds a double-headed rose that signifies both lost and future love in the fading and blooming blossoms.
One of fifty #masterworks in the current exhibition “Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection,” #nowonview through September 9. IMAGE: Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), “Dorothy, Lady Dacre” (detail), ca. 1633, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in., Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18887 #britishtreasures #portrait #lordsandladies #joslynartmuseum