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Anthony van Dyck, Wenceslas Coeberger, c. 1675-1690

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Wenceslas Coeberger, c. 1675-1690
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/8 in x 7 1/16 in (23.8 cm x 17.9 cm)
Sheet:9 7/16 in x 7 1/8 in (24 cm x 18.1 cm)
Framed:approx. 24 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (62.2 cm x 54.9 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved by Lucas Vorsterman (Zaltbommel, 1595 - Antwerp, 1675) 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 'L. Vorstermans fculpsit' in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in very good condition; slight adhesive remnants on verso.
ID #w-3659
Price on Request

Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Wenceslas Coeberger's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Coeberger was a Flemish Renaissance architect, engineer, painter, antiquarian, numismatist, and economist. He is best known as the man who drained the Moëres on the Franco-Belgian border. He was also one of the founding fathers of the Flemish Baroque style of architecture in Southern Netherlands. Donning a cap and coat, Coeberger sits against a cloudy background with a quiet air of dignity surrounding him. He appears at ease, as he casually rests his arm on a pedestal, meeting our gaze with clear, coherent eyes, a sheet of paper in his hand as if planning for his next great project.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), 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 "Ant. van Dyck pinxit," and in the lower right of the plate "L. Vorstermans fculpsit." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: WENCESLAVS COEBERGER | PR?FECTUS GENERALIS MONTIVM PIETATIS, BRVXELLIS, | ALBERTI ARCHIDVCIS QVONDAM PICTOR HVMANARVM | FIGURARUM. 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. 77 on pg. 150.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 77 on pg. 49.

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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