Most Comprehensive Exhibition on Van Dyck as a Portraitist to Be Shown at The Frick Collection in 2016

Exhibition Dates:

March 2, 2016, through June 5, 2016

Woman in a blue dress


Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life—whether real or imagined—made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century. This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized on Van Dyck’s activity and process as a portraitist and the first major exhibition on the artist to be held in the United States in over twenty years. Through approximately one hundred works, the exhibition explores the astounding versatility and inventiveness of a portrait specialist, the stylistic development of a draftsman and painter, and the efficiency and genius of an artist in action. Lenders include the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the British Museum and National Gallery in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and major private collectors such as the Duke of Devonshire and the Duke of Buccleuch. Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture is organized by Stijn Alsteens, curator of Northern European drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Adam Eaker, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection. The exhibition catalogue, copublished with Yale University Press, features contributions by the curators as well as An Van Camp, British Museum; Bert Watteeuw, Rubenianum, Antwerp; and Xavier F. Salomon, The Frick Collection. Major support for Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture is provided by Aso O. Tavitian, John and Constance Birkelund, Fiduciary Trust Company International, Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, and Melinda and Paul Sullivan.

 

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