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Charles I

Artist
Daniel Mytens I, Dutch, c.1590–before 1648
Depicted
Charles I, King of England, reigned 1625–1649
Date
1633
Material
Oil on canvas
Place made
England, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
90 3/4 x 57 in. (230.5 x 144.8 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
118:1916
NOTES
King Charles I of England (reigned 1625–49) presents an image of royal majesty, wearing his coronation robes and surrounded by symbols of his rule: a golden orb, a jeweled crown, and a scepter. The artist, Daniel Mytens, captures the range of textures beautifully, from the elaborate lace of the collar and the satin sheen of the sleeves, to the green velvet table covering complete with gold fringe. The king’s right arm, perched on his hip and thrust forward, suggests an assertive ruler. This trait would bring King Charles I into conflict with Parliament, leading to civil war and his execution in 1649.
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