Canvas, 117.5 x 102 cm,
Museum Schloss Mosigkau, Mosigkau-Dessau.
Exhibition: Princely Patrons
Apart from the splendid clothes, which reveal the figure to be a prince, it is the dreamy visage with which Van Dyck imbues William II that raises the Prince of Orange and Nassau above the ordinary status of young boy. By way of contrast, Van Dyck injects a certain dynamic into the painting with the movement of the Prince’s head and arm and the repetition of this turning motion in the head and foreleg of the dog.