Anthony van Dyck, Petrus Stevens (Pierre Stevens), c. 1645

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Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title: Petrus Stevens (Pierre Stevens), c. 1645
Medium: Original Engraving
Image Size: 7 1/8 in x 6 3/16 in (18.1 cm x 15.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 10 in x 9 1/4 in (25.4 cm x 23.5 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition: A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VIII (of VIII) engraved by Lucas Vorsterman (Zaltbommel, 1595 - Antwerp, 1675) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with a partial unidentified watermark
Signature: Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxcit' in the lower left; also signed 'Vorsterman fculp' in the lower left.
Condition: This work is in very good condition with wide margins; two small tears along upper border not affecting the image; diagonal crease to the right and in lower left corner.
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ID # w-3706

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Pierre Steven's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Stevens was the treasurer of the alms of Antwerp as well as an avid art lover. Van Dyck depicts him draped in heavy garb with one hand upon his hip. He solemnly gazes out behind thick eyebrows with thin hair and curled moustache, appearing as a man of great importance.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VIII (of VIII) 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 "Vorsterman fculp" and above that "Ant. van Dyck pinxcit." Also marked "Cum privilegio" in the lower right of the plate. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: PETRVS STEVENS | S.P.Q. ANTVERP. AB ELEEMOSYNIS | AMATOR PICTORIÆ ARTIS. This piece is printed on a fine paper with a partial unidentified watermark.

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. 93 on pg. 159.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 93 on pg. 58.

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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