Olga's Gallery

Sir Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of the Prefect Raphael Racius.

1625. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA. Read Note.

Anthony van Dyck. Portrait of the Prefect Raphael Racius.

Prefect Raphael Racius received the Raggi family's admission into the nobility of Genoa in 1528. By the time van Dyck was commissioned to draw this portrait the prefect had already deceased. Probably his descendants must have requested this posthumous portrait to emphasize their lineage. Very doubtful that the portrait has any likeliness with Raphael Racius, most likely van Dyck used a living model, any of his descendants