Past Exhibition

Lucas Vorsterman

etching of portrait of man with ruffle collar, curly hair and mustache and beard

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Lucas Vorsterman, ca. 1631 (?)
Etching (first state)
15 3/4 × 10 3/4 in. (40.1 × 27.2 cm)
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Van Dyck’s brooding portrait of the engraver Lucas Vorsterman has colored the latter’s reputation, along with anecdotal evidence for his instability, aggression, and hostile relationship with Peter Paul Rubens. Van Dyck knew Vorsterman well from the period when both were working under Rubens’s supervision, and he may have learned how to etch from him. In his autograph print, Van Dyck amplified the nervous energy of his chalk drawing. A second portrait of Vorsterman engraved after Van Dyck is on view in the Cabinet.