Portrait of Lazarus
and Joannes Baptista Colloredo
Pen and ink, 9.5 x 5.5 inches, 1999
Collection of Kevin L. Smith
The Italian Colloredo brothers were favorites at the court
of Charles I of England. Lazarus was a handsome and popular man, but his
attached brother was little more than an unconscious dangling entity.
Lazarus would walk the streets with his voluminous cloak draped
over his brother so as not to cause undue or unwanted attention. At other times, Lazarus would invite
spectators to pinch his brother to hear him cry out with involuntary nonverbal protestations. This cruel
behavior was a popular pastime
The Colloredo's were likely to have been acquainted
with James Stuart, Duke of Lennox and Richmond. Therefore, it
seems only right that this portrait should resemble Sir Anthony Van Dyck's
more famous composition of that other noble gentleman.
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