Around 1627, Van Dyck painted a portrait of the brothers Lucas and Cornelis de Val, Flemish artists. They were hospitable hosts – Van Dyke lived in their house in Genoa, This is the first known art critics pair portrait in the history of portraiture.
Subsequently, van Dyck repeatedly turned to the pair portrait. His brushes belong, for example, portraits of husband and wife – Charles I and Henrietta Maria, children – “Portrait of Elizabeth and Philadelphia Wharton”, ca. 1635-40 and father and son – “Portrait of Richard and his son Guillermo”.