Anthony van Dyck, Alexander Della Faille, c. early 1700s

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Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title: Alexander Della Faille, c. early 1700s
Medium: Original Engraving
Image Size: 11 1/8 in x 7 3/4 in (28.3 cm x 19.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 12 1/8 in x 9 1/8 in (30.8 cm x 23.2 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition: A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State IV (of VI) engraved by Adrien Lommelin (1637-1675) 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 'Anton van Dyck pinxit' in the lower left; also signed 'A. Lommelin fculp.' in the lower right.
Condition: This work is in very good condition with wide margins; slight fraying on borders of sheet; slight tape remnants on verso.
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ID # w-3713

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Alexander Della Faille's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Della Faille was an alderman and senator of Antwerp. Van Dyck depicts Della Faille as calm and composed, fitting for a local government official. Della Faille grips his cloak with his right hand and gazes calmly forward, a ruffled collar around his neck and belt around his waist that creates an intriguing cross formation when overlapping the vertical row of buttons on his garment. This portrait is noteworthy for the intriguing crest in the upper left, which perhaps represents Della Faille's family emblem.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State IV (of VI), engraved by Adrien Lommelin (1637-1675) 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 "Anton van Dyck pinxit" and in the lower right of the plate 'A. Lommelin fculp." Also marked "Giles Hendricx excudit" in the lower right of the plate. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: D. ALEXANDER DELLA FAILLE nobilis, senator Antüerpienfis. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Letters KIK watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 337), dating the piece to the early 1700s.

DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne I. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Listed as catalogue no. 107 on pg. 166.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 108 on pg. 65.

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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