Marchesa Balbi  1623

by Anthony van Dyck

In this majestic full-length portrait, Marchesa Balbi sits frontally in a high-backed chair, her elegant, deep-green dress trimmed with gold brocade billowing around her. She gazes directly out at the viewer with disarming warmth, given the extraordinary sumptuousness of her costume. With one hand resting on her lap and the other dangling a fan against her dress, she seems...
196.5 x 133.8 cm (77 3/8 x 52 11/16 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington