The painter Martin Ry­ck­aert by van Dyck

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‘This por­trait by van Dyck, one of the best por­traitists who ever lived, shows his friend and fel­low artist, Martin Ry­ck­aert. As is made clear in the paint­ing, Ry­ck­aert had only one arm. De­spite the flam­boy­ant dress, the sit­ter’s face ap­pears to carry an air of melan­choly. Em­pha­sis is placed on Ry­ck­aert’s right hand, which grips the chair. This pen­e­trat­ing de­pic­tion of tri­umph over ad­ver­sity me’ never fails to move

The painter Martin Ry­ck­aert, about 1631, by Sir An­thony van Dyck (1599–1641), 58¼in by 44½in, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

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