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Portrait of Lazarus
and Joannes Baptista Colloredo

"Portrait of Lazarus and Joannes Baptista Colloredo" is copyright    1999 by James G. Mundie. All rights reserved.  Reproduction prohibited.

Pen and ink, 9.5 x 5.5 inches, 1999
Collection of Kevin L. Smith

The Italian Colloredo brothers were favorites at the court of Charles I of England. Lazarus was a handsome and popular man, but his attached brother was little more than an unconscious dangling entity. Lazarus would walk the streets with his voluminous cloak draped over his brother so as not to cause undue or unwanted attention. At other times, Lazarus would invite spectators to pinch his brother to hear him cry out with involuntary nonverbal protestations. This cruel behavior was a popular pastime.

The Colloredo's were likely to have been acquainted with James Stuart, Duke of Lennox and Richmond. Therefore, it seems appropriate that this portrait should resemble Sir Anthony Van Dyck's famous composition of that other noble gentleman.

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