This work was painted in Antwerp soon after Van Dyck's return from Italy in 1627. It reveals the influence of contemporary Italian painters, particularly Guido Reni, and Titian.

The composition was engraved shortly afterwards by Cornelis van Caukercken which may have contributed to the work's popularity, evident from the numerous known copies and versions.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1599 - 1641
Full title
Charity
Date made
about 1627-8
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
148.2 x 107.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1984
Inventory number
NG6494
Location in Gallery