- Inventory number
- Dyck, Anton van
- Amalia de Solms-Braunfels
- 1631 - 1632
- 105 cm x 91 cm
- On display
- Royal Collection (Collection of Isabel Farnesio, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, “pieza de la chimenea”, 1746, n. 1; La Granja Palace, “pieza de vestir”, 1766, n.1; Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Madrid, “pieza de música”, 1794, n. 1; Aranjuez Palace, “Consejo de Estado”, 1818, n. 1)
Amalia de Solms-Braunfels (1602-1675) was the wife of Federico Enrique de Nassau (1584-1647), Prince of Orange, also painted by Van Dyck (P01482).
As first lady of the House of Nassau, she wears an elegant black dress with a French collar. Its large décolletage is decorated with two rows of a pearl necklace and a short necklace. The broach on her bosom, the ring and pearl bracelets complete this image of a lady of Holland's high aristocracy.
Van Dyck made numerous replicas of this image, which became widely known through engravings and prints. These were probably made during his second period in the Low Countries, between 1628 and 1632. The attribution of this work to Van Dyck is based on the listing of this painting and its pendant as works of his in the 1745 inventory of Isabel Farnesio's collection at the La Granja Palace.