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Past Exhibition

Anthony van Dyck

engraving of Anthony van Dyck with short curly hair and mustache, looking over shoulder, depicted as bust on pedestal with inscription

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) and Jacob Neefs (1610–1660)
Anthony van Dyck, ca. 1644
Etching and engraving (third state)
In Icones Principum . . . (Antwerp, 1645 or 1646), bound in gold-stamped seventeenth-century calfskin
Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

For the earliest known edition of the Iconographie, published by Gillis Hendricx in 1645, Van Dyck’s unfinished etched self-portrait was made into a frontispiece by the engraver Jacob Neefs, the head transformed into a marble bust placed on a pedestal and inscribed with the edition’s title (“One Hundred Images of Princes, Scholars, Painters,” etc.). The copy shown here is one of the few preserved in a seventeenth-century binding. The painted portrait that Van Dyck originally intended to make into a print was later engraved by Lucas Vorsterman. In it, the artist wears a gold chain that may be the one awarded to him by Charles I in 1633.