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Anthony van Dyck, Joannes Wildens (Jean Wildens), c. 1660

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Joannes Wildens (Jean Wildens), c. 1660
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/8 in x 7 in (23.8 cm x 17.8 cm)
Sheet:11 5/8 in x 8 5/8 in (29.5 cm x 22 cm)
Framed:approx. 23 in x 19 3/4 in (58.4 cm x 50.2 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VII (of VII) engraved by Paulus Pontius (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on fine paper with the Foolscap with Seven Pointed Collar watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 123), dating the piece to c. 1660.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit', in the lower left; also signed 'Paul du Pont fculp' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in good condition with full margins. Small tear in the upper left corner with foxing throughout; pen notation in the upper right corner not affecting the image.
ID #w-3739
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Jean Wildens' stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Wildens was a Flemish Baroque painter and draughtsman specializing in landscapes. He went to Italy to study in 1613 and in 1614 created a series of 12 engravings based on the seasons of the year. Wildens' works are defined by decorative forms, loose, symmetrical compositions, and soft, subtle colors. Wildens was also close friends with the famed painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640). Van Dyck depicts Wildens as a man with sharp features: beady eyes, upturned moustache, and pointed nose and chin. He gazes out with a sideways glance shrouded in heavy drapery, a pointed collar around his neck.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VII (of VII) engraved by Paulus Pontius (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) 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 "Paul du Pont fculp." Also marked "Cum privilegio" in the lower right. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: IOANNES WILDENS | PICTOR RVRALIVM PROSPECTVVM ANTVERPI?. This piece is printed on a fine paper with a Foolscap with Seven Pointed Collar watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 123), dating the piece to c. 1660.

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. 70 on pg. 146.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 70 on pg. 45.

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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