equestrian portrait of charles v

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
“Emperor Charles V on Horseback” (1620)
Located in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Charles V (1500-1558), was a Duke of Burgundy and Holy Roman Emperor. He was ruler of both the Spanish Empire from 1516 and Holy Roman Empire from 1519, as well as the Habsburg Netherlands from 1506, until he voluntarily stepped down from these and other positions by a series of abdications between 1554 and 1556. Through inheritance, he brought together under his rule extensive territories in western, central, and southern Europe, and the Spanish colonies in the Americas and Asia. As a result, his domains spanned nearly four million square kilometers, and was the first to be described as “the empire on which the sun never sets.”

van Dyck’s portrait is a later version of Charles V based off of “Equestrian Portrait of Charles V” (1584) by Titian (1488/1490-1576)