The Balbi Children

Van Dyck used Genoa as his base during his six-year stay in Italy and spent most of 1625-7 in the city enjoying great success as a portraitist. This work, traditionally entitled 'The Balbi Children' because it belonged to the 18th-century collector, Costantino Balbi, shows three young aristocratic Genoese children who remain unidentified. It has been suggested that they are members of the de Franchi family, whose arms contained a black crow, but there is no documentary evidence to support this claim.

Key facts

Artist dates
1599 - 1641
Full title
The Balbi Children
Date made
about 1625-7
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
219 x 151 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1985
Inventory number
Location in Gallery