Lucas van Uffel (died 1637)

Anthony van Dyck Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 618

Van Uffel was a wealthy Flemish merchant who lived in Venice, where Van Dyck painted this portrait. Inspired by Venetian portraits of the High Renaissance, Van Dyck depicted Van Uffel as a learned gentleman, with signs of his varied interests: a drafting tool, a recorder, the bow of a viola da gamba, an antique head, a drawing, and a celestial globe. Van Uffel’s unusual posture, as though turning to address the beholder, lends a dynamic quality to his portrait.

#5021. Lucas van Uffel (died 1637)

Lucas van Uffel (died 1637), Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London), Oil on canvas

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