Portrait of a Man. Copy after Anthony van Dyck
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As it is known from the inventory records of the Pidhirtsi Castle, this work titled as "Portrait of the Spanish Duke of Alba" was in the Chinese Hall between 1812 and 1813. Later in 1859, when it was moved to the Yellow Hall, the portrait was mentioned as a copy after Anthony Van Dyck. The image of an unknown man is a fragment of a copy of the work "Portrait of an Aristocrat With His Son" (1639) by Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641). The half-length image depicts a man in massive dark-colored Spanish clothing, which hides his entire body as if it were armor. Around the man’s neck, there is a ruff, a traditional lace-trimmed white collar, which resembles a dish with the head on it. The artist carefully reproduces all the details in the portrait and focuses on the face of the person portrayed.