Triple Portrait of Charles I (c. 1635) – Anthony van Dyck, Flemish artist who died 09/12/1641)
Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I. This painting was sent to Rome in 1636 to be used as a reference work for an Italian sculptor to create a marble bust of Charles I. Because of the conflict of the English Civil War the painting remained in the possession of sculptor and his heirs until about 1802, when it was sold to a British art dealer and returned to England. It was acquired for the Royal Collection in 1822, and is usually displayed at Windsor Castle.
On this day …
1608 English poet John Milton was born. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.
1906 Computer scientist and US Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was born.
Did you know …?
Grace Hopper is one of the very few women to have a US military vessel named for her.