Anthony van Dyck, Artus Wolfart, c. 1685 (Do Not Put Live)

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Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title: Artus Wolfart, c. 1685 (Do Not Put Live)
Medium: Original Engraving
Image Size: 9 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in (24.4 cm x 16.5 cm)
Sheet Size: 9 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in (24.4 cm x 16.5 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 24 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (62.2 cm x 54.9 cm)
Signature: Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit,' in the lower left; also signed 'Corn. Galle fculpsit' in the lower left.
Condition: This work is in good condition; tear in the upper left corner; trimmed at the plate mark.
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ID # w-3734

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Artus Wolfart's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck''s refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Wolfart was a Flemish Baroque painter from Antwerp. His paintings greatly show the influence of famed master Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640) both stylistically and compositionally. He specialized in religious works, particularly scenes from Christ's life and Church fathers. Van Dyck depicts Wolfart against a cross hatched background in a ruffled collar and draped garment. He gazes calmly out at the viewer with light colored eyes, a composed individual. Noteworthy is his exceptionaly large right hand that grasps his garment, which appears disproportionate to the rest of his body.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VIII (of VIII) engraved by Cornelis Galle (c. 1600 - ?) 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 "Corn. Galle fculpsit." Also marked "Cum privilegio" in the lower right. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: ARTVS WOLFART | PICTOR HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM ANTVERPI?. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Arms of Amsterdam watermark (Mauquoy - Hendrickx no. 220), dating this piece to c. 1685.

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. 27 on pg. 124 - 125.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 27 on pg. 23.

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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