Past Exhibition

Lucas Vorsterman the Elder

engraving of man in black cloak with mustache and beard, and caption

Lucas Vorsterman the Younger (1624–1666 or later) after Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Lucas Vorsterman the Elder, ca. 1650 (?)
Engraving (fourth state)
9 7/8 × 7 in. (25 × 17.8 cm)
Frits Lugt Collection, Fondation Custodia, Paris

Lucas Vorsterman was a major figure in seventeenth-century Flemish art, both as a printmaker and as a publisher. His close collaboration with Peter Paul Rubens ended when the two artists fell out, opening the way for Vorsterman to pursue independent success. The present print, made by the engraver’s son after an unknown model by Van Dyck, captures the complex and haughty nature of its subject. An etched portrait of Vorsterman by Van Dyck is also known, of which an impression is exhibited downstairs, together with the drawing that served as its model.