Pieter Brueghel the Younger

black chalk drawing of old man looking left wearing ruffled collar, cloak

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Pieter Brueghel the Younger, ca. 1627–35
Black chalk
9 5/8 × 7 3/4 in. (24.5 × 19.8 cm)
The Duke of Devonshire and the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

The son and namesake of the greatest Netherlandish painter of the sixteenth century, Pieter Brueghel the Younger devoted his career to producing a vast number of copies and variations of his father’s work. Van Dyck made two drawings of Brueghel to prepare a print for the Iconographie series. In the drawing shown here, Brueghel appears in three-quarter profile, turned away from the viewer, clasping his cloak to his chest. The final print, based on a drawing now in Saint Petersburg (State Hermitage Museum), brings Brueghel’s hands closer together and positions him frontally, directing his gaze outward. Van Dyck adopted this latter pose for an etching, which he executed himself and endowed with the swift quality of a pen sketch.

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