Charles I in Three Positions

Artist: Anthony van Dyck
Style: Baroque
Genre: portrait
Date: 1636
Copyright: Public domain

This triple portrait had an unusual function as a kind of design for sculpture. In 1636 Charles I dispatched the original of this painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck to the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Rome. It was to assist in the making of a marble bust. The three viewpoints were chosen to enable the sculptor to create a truly three-dimensional likeness.