Ambrogio Spinola

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The Italian nobleman Ambrogio Spinola was one of the most successful military commanders in Spanish history. After leading his army to victory against Dutch rebels in the early seventeenth century, he was knighted. In this portrait, he is shown wearing the chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece over his armor. Several distinguished artists painted his likeness, Van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens, and Diego Velázquez among them.


Reverend W.H. Wayne, London (by 1886 at latest); possibly Reverend D.H. Wayne, Broseley, England; Rudolphe Kann, Paris (by 1907); [Knoedler and Co., London]; Henry Reinhardt, New York (by 1912); Robert Sterling and Francine Clark (1912); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Studio of Anthony van Dyck

Flemish, 1599–1641

Ambrogio Spinola

c. 1620

Oil on canvas

26 3/4 x 22 1/8 in. (68 x 56.2 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark by 1912