Orazio Gentileschi

black chalk drawing of old man with pointed beard, wearing cloak and large folded collar

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Orazio Gentileschi, ca. 1635
Black chalk, gray wash, pen and brown ink; incised for transfer
9 3/8 × 7 in. (24 × 17.9 cm)
The British Museum, London

In the early years of the seventeenth century, Orazio Gentileschi worked as a painter in Rome, where he came under the influence of Caravaggio. His career then took him to Turin, Genoa, Paris, and finally the court of Charles I in London, where he was joined by his daughter, Artemisia, also a painter. Van Dyck shows the artist, who was known for his difficult personality, looking out at the viewer in a surly manner. The general composition seems to have been based on Italian prototypes, the work of Titian above all, present in the collections of Charles I in London.

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