Emperor Charles VI was the Holy Roman Emperor as well as King of Hungary, Croatia, Gernany, and Bohemia for about thirty years in the early 18th century. Emperor Charles VI and Gundacker, Count Althann was painted in 1728, 12 years prior to the end of his reign, by Francesco Solimena. Spanning 2840 x 3090 centimeters, the painting features the emperor clad in gold with esteemed company, perhaps maybe his council. Even the angels themselves are marveling at the shimmering flecks of sparkle reflected in his armor.
Like the other paintings in the gallery, this selection emanates texture in the fabric and the shining toughness of the armor as well as the variety in the grand detail used in the garments of everyone pictured. The painter Francesco Solimena was well-known for his chiaroscuro shading, creating almost a negative space where the emperor and the gentleman next to him appear closer than the dimmed people behind them. There is also a sense of movement displayed in everyone who is dimmed, even the angels, while Charles VI stands proud.
Pragmatic Sanction of Emperor Charles VI, Encyclopædia Britannica, retrieved 22 February 2016.