Willem III, Prince of Orange, King of England and Stadtholder, Godfried Schalcken, c. 1692 - c. 1697
This striking painting is a portrait of a ruler lit only by the flame of a candle. The candle has a symbolic meaning. It serves others with its light, while burning itself out. In other words, self-denial is a noble virtue. William (1650–1702) wears a suit of armour with an ermine cloak around his neck as a sign of royalty.