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Anthony van Dyck, Adam de Coster, c. 1685

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Adam de Coster, c. 1685
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 1/4 in x 6 9/16 in (23.5 cm x 16.7 cm)
Sheet:9 1/4 in x 6 9/16 in (23.5 cm x 16.7 cm)
Framed:approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI) engraved by Pieter de Jode (Antwerp, 1606 - Antwerp, 1674) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with a partial Arms of Amsterdam watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 220), dating the piece to c. 1685.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit' in the lower left; also signed 'Petrus de Iode fculpsit' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; trimmed along the plate mark with slight tape remnants on verso.
ID #w-3715
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Adam de Coster's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. De Coster was a Flemish Baroque painter who worked in the style of Caravaggio, often using the chiaroscuro effect to create sharp contrasts between light and dark. His works often include half-length figures illuminated by candlelight, many times engaged in a game of cards. Van Dyck depicts de Coster as a stoic figure, casually leaning against a large column, with one hand in front of him and the other behind his back. He dons modest clothing and gazes straight out at the viewer, appearing as a proud, confident man.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved by Pieter de Jode (Antwerp, 1606 - Antwerp, 1674) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641) as part of his Iconographie series of engraved portraits of famous people at the time. The plate has been marked in the lower left of the plate "Ant. van Dyck pinxit" and 'Petrus de Iode fculpsit" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: ADAM DE COSTER | PICTOR NOCTIVM MECHLINIENSIS. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the partial Arms of Amsterdam watermark dating the piece to c. 1685.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Adam de Coster, c. 1685  is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne I. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Listed as catalogue no. 31 on pg. 127.
2. Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 31 on pg. 25.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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