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Anthony van Dyck, Joannes Livens (Jean Lievens), c. 1700

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Joannes Livens (Jean Lievens), c. 1700
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in (24.8 cm x 15.9 cm)
Sheet:10 in x 6 5/8 in (25.4 cm x 16.8 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 Lucas Vorsterman (Zaltbommel, 1595 - Antwerp, 1675) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641). Printed on a fine paper with the grapes watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx 309), dating the piece to the late 1600s- early 1700s.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit', in the lower left; also signed "Vorsterman fculp" in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; paper thinning on corners with minute tear on upper left corner of sheet, not affecting the image.
ID #w-3671
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Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Jean Lieven's stately, yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Jean Lievens was a Dutch painter who worked in the style of Rembrandt. Lievens gained fame from a young age, serving as a painter for the British court, drawing great influence from Van Dyck during his stay there. Upon his return from England, Lievens collaborated and shared a studio with Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 - Amsterdam, 1669) from 1626 - 1631. They had a very competitive relationship that resulted in many paintings, drawings, and etchings that are difficult to attribute from this period. Van Dyck here depicts Lievens as a somewhat cocky young man. Lievens, with his shaggy hair and young appearance, tilts his head to the side, lifts his chin, and gazes out from the corners of his eyes. His clothing is somewhat less elaborate than other subjects in this series, yet he still appears proud and confident, gripping his garment with his right hand, his arm raised to his chest.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), 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 in the lower left of the plate "Ant. Van Dyck pinxit," and beneath that "Vorsterman fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: IOANNES LIVENS | PICTOR HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM MAIORVUM LVGDVNI BATTAVORVM. Printed on a fine laid paper with the grapes watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx 309), dating the piece to the late 1600s- 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. 85 on pg. 155.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 85 on pg. 54.

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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