Margareta Snyders (c. 1620) by Anthony Van Wyck

Margareta Snyders - Anthony Van Dyck - c.1620

Artwork Information

TitleMargareta Snyders
ArtistAnthony Van Dyck
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130.7 x 99.3 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationFrick Collection, New York

About Margareta Snyders

The artwork titled “Margareta Snyders” is an oil on canvas painting created by the renowned artist Anthony Van Dyck, circa 1620. It is a quintessential example of the Baroque art movement. The piece measures 130.7 by 99.3 centimeters and is categorized as a portrait. Presently, it is housed in the Frick Collection located in New York.

The artwork presents a substantial and refined portrait of a woman positioned against a dark, atmospheric background that is partially draped with heavy fabric. The subject, Margareta Snyders, is depicted in a three-quarter pose, with her body slightly turned towards the viewer, offering an engaging yet demure gaze. She is adorned in a richly embellished dress that displays detailed patterns in gold thread, a testament to her social status and wealth. The luxury of the attire is further emphasized by the delicate lace at her cuffs and the elaborate, starched ruff framing her face, both common elements of high fashion in the Baroque period.

Her facial expression is reserved, but there is a softness in her eyes that suggests a quiet dignity. The artwork intricately captures the play of light and texture, from the shimmering embroidery of Margareta’s gown to the transparent quality of the lace and the roughness of the column beside her. The still life elements, such as the flower vase to her side, add a delicate touch of nature and color contrast to the composition. Lastly, the open landscape seen through the opening next to her creates a sense of depth and context, hinting at the world beyond the immediate setting of the portrait.

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