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Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Christ Healing the Paralysed Man c. 1619

Oil on canvas | 120.2 x 148.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405325

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The young van Dyck here competes with the heroes of the previous generation – Caravaggio and Rubens. He encourages the viewer to participate in the drama, as if we are next in line, waiting to be healed. The bedding of the paralysed man is within our reach, and Christ’s blessing hand seems to project out of the front of the picture plane.

Acquired by George IV in 1811, when Prince Regent