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Anthony van Dyck, Martinus Pepyn (Martin Pepyn), c. 1675-1690

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Martinus Pepyn (Martin Pepyn), c. 1675-1690
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 5/8 in x 6 1/8 in (24.4 cm x 15.6 cm)
Sheet:9 7/8 in x 6 3/8 in (25.1 cm x 16.2 cm)
Framed:approx. 24 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (62.2 cm x 54.9 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VII (of VII), engraved by S.a Bolswert (Bolswert, 1586 - Antwerp, 1659) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Polish shield with Fleur de Lys and Crown watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 171 or 172) dating the piece to c. 1675-1690.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit', in the lower left; also signed 'S.a Bolfwert fculp' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; slight tape remnants along upper border on verso; slight paper thinning in lower corners.
ID #w-3716
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Martin Pepyn's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Pepyn was a Flemish Baroque painter who became master of Antwerp's guild of St. Luke in 1600. He was very much a family man, married with five children, two of whom went on to become respected painters. According to Pepyn's biographer Arnold Houbraken (1660 - 1719), Peter Rubens (1577 - 1640) was said to have been relieved to hear that Pepyn was married, since he felt that Pepyn would otherwise threaten his position as the best painter of Antwerp. This convinced Pepyn that he was known as a great artist of his time. Van Dyck depicts Pepyn as calm and wise, donning humble garbs against a simple background of stone and drapery.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VII (of VII), 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 also in the lower left of the plate "S. a Bolfwert fculp." Also noted in the plate "Cum privilegio in the lower right." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: MARTINVS PEPYN | PICTOR HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM ANVERPIÆ. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Polish shield with Fleur de Lys and Crown watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 171 or 172) dating the piece to c. 1675-1690.

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. 24 on pg. 122.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 24 on pg. 21.

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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