Joos de Momper the Younger

engraving of portrait of old man with draped clothing and gloved hand, with caption

Lucas Vorsterman the Elder (1595/96–1674/75) after Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Joos de Momper the Younger, ca. 1627–35
Etching and engraving (third state)
9 × 6 1/8 in. (23 × 15.6 cm)
Frits Lugt Collection, Fondation Custodia, Paris

The painter Joos de Momper specialized in mountainous landscapes. In the portrait at right, Van Dyck’s etching technique — consisting of stippling, lines alternatingly scratchy or fluent, and areas of dense hatching — conveys the varied textures of the wrinkled skin, curly hair, leather glove, and rugged landscape. Probably to preserve Van Dyck’s original, the plate was not finished with the burin in later states, but a completely new print was made by the engraver Lucas Vorsterman. The state shown here of this second plate bears the address of Martinus van den Eynden, the first recorded publisher of the Iconographie.

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