Le Roi à la chasse – is an oil-on-canvas portrait of Charles I of England by Anthony van Dyck c.1635.
This Flemish baroque painting is a full length standing portrait of Charles I. The king is taking a rest from hunting as the Thames River runs in the background. Van Dyck uses iconography, the use of symbols, to show the king’s status. The king is wearing a teardrop earring which was a sign of being a gentleman. His clothes look expensive and luxurious to depict his wealth. There is tenebrism as the king stands in a spotlight and the figures in the back are in the dark. His hand lies on his hip as he holds a walking stick to depict his confidence. This painting shows absolutism and propaganda to show his divine right to rule.