The portrait is a preparatory study for a life-size painting featuring seven Brussels aldermen (known as the Magistrates of Brussels) and depicts one of them, a Brussels magistrate.
A 'New' Van Dyck
400 years old yet brand new
In 2013 the Roman Catholic priest Jamie MacLeod experienced what many would call a miracle. The painting he had bought for a mere £400 proved to be an original Anthony Van Dyck. That’s the good news, but the best news is that you can now admire this painting at the Rubens House. Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), the most famous pupil of Peter Paul Rubens, is paying the master a visit.