Title: Charles I
Date: 1633
Artist: Daniel Martensz Mytens the Elder
Dutch, c.1590–before 1648
Medium: oil on canvas
90 3/4 x 57 in. (230.5 x 144.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 118:1916
Place made: England
Current Location: On View, Gallery 236
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.
Publication History
Title: Recent Acquisitions: Purchases
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: City Art Museum Catalogue of Paintings
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings With Biographical Data and Descriptive Notes, City Art Museum Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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