Anthony van Dyck Portrait of Quintijn Symons (1592 - after 1646)
This elegant man is Quintijn Simons, a history painter from Brussels. His fashionable cloak draped over his shoulders, half-length hair, dashing moustache and goatee give Simons an air of aristocratic elegance that is characteristic of the portraits of Anthony van Dyck.
Van Dyck lived for many years in Italy, where he became famous for his virtuoso official portraits of prominent members of the nobility. In 1632, he became court painter to King Charles I of England, but he occasionally travelled to the continent to paint commissions like this portrait.
Peeter Stevens, Antwerp; Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 8; the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822