This is one of the most intriguing paintings of Van Dyck. It depicts Venice Digby, the wife of the friend of the artist Sir Digby, a diplomat, a naval officer and a writer. On May 1, 1633, a thirty-year-old Venice unexpectedly died, and a grief-stricken husband immediately ordered Van Dyck’s portrait. However, it is possible that the artist began to write this allegorical picture even during the life of Venice.
It was rumored that a woman of beauty before the wedding was indiscriminate in connections. Undoubtedly, her husband knew about this, but asked Van Dyck to portray Venice as a model of virtue
There are several variants of this picture and a smaller version – the researchers suggest that van Dyck liked this portrait very much, so he decided to make a smaller copy for himself.