Artist: Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)
Date: ca. 1622
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 49 x 39 5/8 in. (124.5 x 100.6 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.619
Van Uffel was a wealthy Flemish merchant who lived in Venice, where Van Dyck probably painted this portrait early in his Italian period (1621–27). In another portrait (Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Brauschweig), Van Dyck shows the same sitter authoritatively posed before a view of ships sailing off a Mediterranean coast. Ours, by contrast, shows Van Uffel 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.