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Anthony van Dyck, Albert de Ligne Arenberg, c. early 1700s

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Albert de Ligne Arenberg, c. early 1700s
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 7/8 in x 7 3/16 in (25.1 cm x 18.3 cm)
Sheet:10 in x 7 7/16 in (25.4 cm x 18.9 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 S.a Bolswert (Bolswert, 1586 - Antwerp, 1659) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Letters KIK watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 337), dating the piece to the early 1700s.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit' in the lower center; also signed 'S.a Bolfwert fculp.' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition. Slight paper thinning in lower left and lower right corners not affecting the image.
ID #w-3684
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Albert de Ligne Arenberg's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Arenberg was the prince of Barbancon, and here appears curiously as a soldier in armor. We would imagine that royalty such as Arenberg would don elaborate and decadent garbs and sit as a prince, but Arenberg chose to pose for his portrait standing in armor, sword at his side. His left arm rests upon a sturdy stick, as he looks over his shoulder with pointed beard and moustache and long, curling hair. He appears as a strong and noble warrior, a man ready to take action beside his people.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved by S.a Bolswert (Bolswert, 1586 - Antwerp, 1659) 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 center of the plate "Ant. van Dyck pinxit" and in the lower left of the plate 'S.a Bolfwert fculpt" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: ALBERTUS PRINCEPS COM. AREMBERG PRINC. BARBANSOM. COM. | AEIGROMONTAN. ET RVP. IN ARDENNVICECOM. DAVENS. PER | HANNON ET CIVIT LEOD. ET MONTI. IN HANNON. ADVOCAT. | PERPET. AVR. VELL. EW. ETC. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Letters KIK watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 337), dating the piece to the early 1700s.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Albert de Ligne Arenberg, c. early 1700s 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. 19 on pg. 120.
2. Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 19 on pg. 18.
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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