DYCK, Sir Anthony van
(b. 1599, Antwerpen, d. 1641, London)

Portrait of Lucas van Uffel

c. 1622
Oil on canvas, 125 x 101 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Lucas van Uffel (died 1637) was a wealthy Flemish merchant who lived in Venice, where Van Dyck probably painted this portrait early in his Italian period (1621–27). The portrait shows the sitter as a learned gentleman, with signs of his varied interests: dividers, a recorder, the bow of a viola da gamba, an antique head, a drawing, and a celestial globe.