- Anthony van Dyck, British, 1599-1641
Sir Anthony van Dyck
Dorothy, Lady Dacre, about 1633
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.15
Sir Anthony van Dyck is considered the most influential portrait painter ever to work in England. Named Principal Painter to Charles I, van Dyck revolutionized the art form, bringing to it a Venetian-inspired blend of grandeur and relaxation. Here he portrayed Lady Dacre, already a widow in her late twenties. Wearing a black dress and black cap in the shape of a “widow’s peak,” she holds a double-headed rose possibly signifying both her widowhood (the fading blossom) and the promise of a future love (the flower about to bloom).
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018