Anthony van Dyck

engraving of Anthony van Dyck with short curly hair and mustache, looking over shoulder, wearing cloak, chain over back and lace collar

Lucas Vorsterman the Elder (1595/96–1674/75) after Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Anthony van Dyck, ca. 1635
Engraving (fourth state)
9 7/8 × 6 1/4 in. (25.1 × 15.8 cm)
Frits Lugt Collection, Fondation Custodia, Paris

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.

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