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DYCK, Anthony Van [1599-1641] & Jacob NEEFS [1610-c1661].
Portrait of Flemish painter Frans Snyders [1579-1657].
1630. Fourth State (of 5). From Van Dyck's Iconography, a large series of prints with half-length portraits of eminent contemporaries. This is one of only eighteen of the portraits for which Van Dyck himself etched the heads and main outlines of the figure, with the rest left for an engraver to finish (the others were engraved by others after his drawings). "Portrait etching had scarcely had an existence before his time, and in his work it suddenly appears at the highest point ever reached in the art." (Hind, A History of Engraving and Etching, p. 165) "The enduring fame of van Dyck rests on his portraits. Whether he painted the patricians and artists of Antwerp, the nobles of Genoa, or the court of Charles I, van Dyck succeeded in idealizing his models without sacrificing any of their individuality. He adopted patterns of portraiture that had been formulated before, chiefly by Hans Holbein, Antonio Moro, Titian, and Rubens, but he invented innumerable variations, never losing sight of the fundamental necessity to retain an impeccable formality no matter how exact the likeness." (Encyc. Britannica) 'He painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years." (Wikipedia) Hollstein 11. etching & engraving. 248 x 153 mm. (image) with 7 mm. borders. signed in the plate. A good impression on watermarked laid paper (short tear to bottom edge just entering image, 4 short mounting strips on top verso)
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