The work, titled Marchesa Lomellini, has been acquired by Glasgow Museums and will be on display at the city’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from November 18.
Painted during the artist’s six years in Italy between 1621 and 1627, it depicts a young Marquise Lomellini, a member of the noble Lomellini family of Genoa, and is the first van Dyck to enter the city’s collection.
The work comes from the collection of Sir Ilay Mark Campbell, 7th Baronet of Succouth (1927-2017) and Lady Campbell.
She and her family donated the painting to the Glasgow Museums Collection, which is supported by the Glasgow Life charity, as part of the Acceptance in Lieu program, administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the UK government.
Advisor David McDonald, President of Glasgow Life, said: “We are delighted to accept this important painting. Acquisitions are a source of excitement, celebration and inspiration and, more than ever, they highlight the contribution of art and culture to the well-being of people.
“Until now, Glasgow did not have a van Dyck painting. This portrait, done by a former painter of international importance, greatly enhances our collection of world-class artwork and connects well with the other paintings we have on display.
“Not only will this attract a lot of attention from regular visitors, but given the excellent standard of painting, as well as the artist’s international prominence, it is likely to attract tourists from all over the world now that ‘they can make it safe to Glasgow once again. “
Acceptance of the work from the collection of Sir Ilay and Lady Campbell settled £ 2,450,000 in tax.
Scottish artist and art dealer Andrew Wilson acquired the work of the Lomellini family as part of a series of “exceptional” Genoese portraits purchased in Italy in 1828.
The painting was once hung in the same room at Palazzo Lomellini that is said to be the most ambitious of all of van Dyck’s Genoese portraits, the Lomellini family, which is part of the National Galleries Scotland collection.
It was then purchased by Sir Archibald Campbell of Succoth, 2nd Baronet, (1769-1846), of Garscube House, near Glasgow, where it hung in the dining room.
His great-grandson Sir George Campbell of Succoth, 6th Baronet (1894-1967) loaned it to the city of Glasgow as a long term loan and it was exhibited at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from 1946 in 1976, before being inherited by the late Sir Ilay Campbell of Succoth.
Culture Secretary Angus Robertson said: “The Acceptance in Lieu program is a great way to enrich the range of internationally renowned paintings and artefacts that are available to everyone in Scotland.
“This is an important and valuable acquisition, which I hope will make many people happy. “
Van Dyck was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1599 and went on to become one of the most important painters of the 17th century.
The Acceptance in Place regime was founded in 1910 and allows donors to offset their inheritance tax obligations by leaving objects of cultural, historical or artistic importance to the public.