DYCK, Sir Anthony van
(b. 1599, Antwerpen, d. 1641, London)
Portrait of a Man in Armour with Red Scarf1625-27
Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm
During his extended stay in Italy from 1621 to 1627, spending the majority of his time in Genoa, Van Dyck made his mark as a portraitist, and numbered many important families from the upper strata of Genoese society among his clients. It has yet to be clarified whether or not the Portrait of a Man in Armour with Red Scarf was one of these commissions; various attempts to identify the man in the picture have been inconclusive. It is also possible that the painting is not a portrait but an allegory.