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Anthony van Dyck, Margareta Princeps Lotharingia Ducissa (Marguerite de Lorraine), c. 1645

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Margareta Princeps Lotharingia Ducissa (Marguerite de Lorraine), c. 1645
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/4 in x 7 1/8 in (24.8 cm x 18.1 cm)
Sheet:9 3/4 in x 7 1/8 in (24.8 cm x 18.1 cm)
Framed:23 in x 19 3/4 in (58.4 cm x 50.2 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State IV (of IV) from the Giles Hendrickx edition, engraved by S.a Bolswert (Bolswert, 1586 - Antwerp, 1659) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641).
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; some red and blue crayon marks on verso not affecting the image.
ID #w-3664
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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. Marguerite of Lorraine's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Marguerite of Lorraine was a Duchess of Orléans and Alencon by marriage to the Duke of Orléans. Her story is one of bravery and determination as she fought for true love. The Duke fell in love with her at a time when their respective countries of France and Lorraine were enemies. The two ran away and married in secret in Lorraine, but when the Duke's brother King Louis XIII of France found out, he nullified their marriage. The two stayed together nonetheless and were ultimately allowed to remarry upon Louis XIII's death. Marguerite of Lorraine here appears as a strong, stoic woman, gently grasping her stomach in a maternal gesture as she dons elaborate, collared garbs.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State IV (of IV) from the Giles Hendrickx edition, engraved by S.a Bolswert (Bolswert, 1586 - Antwerp, 1659) 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 in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: MARGARETA PRNICEPS LOTHARINGIA DVCISSA | SEREMA AVRELIANENSIS.

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. 23 on pg. 121.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 23 on pg. 20.

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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