Willem III, Prince of Orange, King of England and Stadtholder, Godfried Schalcken, c. 1692 - c. 1697

Willem III, Prince of Orange, King of England and Stadtholder, Godfried Schalcken, c. 1692 - c. 1697

oil on canvas, h 76.5cm × w 65cm. More details

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.

1688 Stadholder William III becomes king of England William III

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