Venetia, Lady Digby

1 portrait on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

Venetia, Lady Digby, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, circa 1633-1634 - NPG 5727 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Venetia, Lady Digby

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1633-1634
39 3/4 in. x 31 1/2 in. (1011 mm x 802 mm)
Purchased with help from the Pilgrim Trust, 1984
Primary Collection
NPG 5727


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  • Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1000 portraits, Sitter associated with 29 portraits.

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This allegorical portrait by van Dyck is thought to have been painted as a posthumous tribute to Lady Digby, who is shown as Prudence, trampling on profane Love and spurning two-faced Deceit. Her doves and the snake she holds allude to St Matthew: 'Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.'

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