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Anthony van Dyck, Ambroise Spinola, c. 1660

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Ambroise Spinola, c. 1660
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:10 1/4 in x 7 in (26 cm x 17.8 cm)
Sheet:10 5/8 in x 7 1/2 in (27 cm x 19.1 cm)
Framed:approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State V (of V) engraved by Lucas Vorsterman (Zaltbommel, 1595 - Antwerp, 1675) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with a partial Lamb of God in a Crowned Shield watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 276), dating this piece to c. 1660.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pixit' in the lower center; also signed 'Vorsterman fculp.' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; horizontal creases across top with slight tape remnants on verso.
ID #w-3727
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Ambroise Spinola's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Spinola was an Italian general in the service of Spain, particularly in the Netherlands. He is best known for successfully commanding the siege of Breda in August 1624, going against the King's wishes. Spain continued to fight in the Netherlands following this siege, though political infighting greatly hindered Spinola's ability to command as he desired. Van Dyck depicts Spinola as a glorified figure in armor, with one hand resting upon his helmet. He dons a grand collar and ornate necklace perhaps representing his prestige as a military commander.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State V(of V) engraved by Lucas Vorsterman (Zaltbommel, 1595 - Antwerp, 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 "Vorsterman fculp" in the lower left and "Ant. Van Dyck pixit" in the lower center. Also marked "cum privilegio" in the lower right. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: ILLVSTRISS.MVS PRINCEPS AMBRO SIVS. SPINOLA. MARCHIO. SESTI. | ET. VENAFRI. DVX. SANSEVERIN. EQ. AVR. VELLER. ARMOR. ET. EXERCIT. | CATH.Æ MAI.TIS IN. BELG. PRÆFECT. ET. GVBERNAT. GNALIS. This piece is printed on a fine paper with a partial Lamb of God in a Crowned Shield watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 276), dating this piece to c. 1660.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Anthony van Dyck Ambroise Spinola, c. 1660 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. 92 on pg. 159.
2. Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 92 on pg. 57.
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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