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Anthony van Dyck, Palamedes Palamedesz, c. early 1700s

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Palamedes Palamedesz, c. early 1700s
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in (23.8 cm x 16.8 cm)
Sheet:9 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in (23.8 cm x 16.8 cm)
Framed:approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 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 a fine paper with the Letters KIK watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 337), dating the piece to the early 1700s.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxcit' in the lower left; also signed 'Paul. Pontius fculp.' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; slight paper thinning in lower corners.
ID #w-3661
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Palamedes Palamedesz' stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Palamedesz was a Dutch Golden Age painter, well known for his battle scenes. Though his brother was also a well-known painter, Palamedesz was essentially self taught, with no master to guide him. He painted by the motto "begin from the beginning," but sadly his beginning was cut short by his early death at age 31. Van Dyck depicts Palamedesz as young and slightly aloof. He gazes off in the distance, regally holding his left arm to his chest and standing tall. He dons a long, lacy collar and heavily draped clothing, relaying a somewhat heavy appearance despite his youthful face.

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 pinxcit" and in the lower left of the plate 'Paul. Pontius fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: PALAMEDES PALAMEDESSEN | PRÆLIORVM PICTOR IN HOLLANDIA. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Letters KIK watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 337), dating the piece to the 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. 58 on pg. 140.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 58 on pg. 39.

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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