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Anthony van Dyck, Simon de Vos, c. 1641

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Simon de Vos, c. 1641
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in (24.1 cm x 15.6 cm)
Framed:23 in x 19 5/8 in (58.4 cm x 49.8 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VIII) before the Giles Hendrickx edition, engraved by Paul du Pont (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641).
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck Pinxcit', in the low er left; also signed 'Paul du Pont fculp' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-3675
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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. Simon de Vos' stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. De Vos was a painter who studied under Cornelis de Vos (1603-76). After traveling in Rome, De Vos became influenced by the "low life" genre paintings of the Bentvueghels and the Bambocciate who depicted scenes of peasant life and revelry, often coming together in social meetings to pay tribute to Bacchus. After this phase, De Vos turned away from genre scenes altogether and painted small cabinet paintings of history subjects. As a follower of Bacchus, we sense of hint of De Vos' reckless, fun-loving nature in this portrait. With his wild hair, pointed moustache, and elaborately draped garb, we can almost imagine De Vos in the midst of a Bacchanal celebration.
This portrait was engraved by Paul du Pont (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) before the Hendrickx edition in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641) as part 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 beneath that "Paul du Pont fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: SIMON DE VOS | PICTOR IN HVMANIS FIGVRIS MAIORIBVS | ET MINORIBVS ANTVERP.


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. 69 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. 69 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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