death-like. Is she sitting up or lying flat? Peacefully asleep or stone cold? Either way, uncertainly embodied: the rest of her
disappears under and
into the lapping bed-clothes, which then flow emptily out of the picture. It's a brilliant invention of flesh and cloth to create a gently fading
presence - perhaps deliberately commissioned by her husband to calm rumours of a violent end. The picture (not in the recent Van Dyck show) belongs to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and can be seen there when it reopens next year.
The first three correct entries came from: J Fish, London E14; M Ewart, London NW1; R McKitterick, Cambridge
In which painting by which painter can you find this plunge?
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