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Anthony van Dyck, Sebastianus Vrancx (Sébastien Vrancx), c. 1645

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Sebastianus Vrancx (Sébastien Vrancx), c. 1645
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/4 in x 6 3/8 in (24.8 cm x 16.2 cm)
Framed:24 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (62.2 cm x 54.9 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State V (of V) from the Giles Hendrickx edition, 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 a partial unidentified watermark.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit', in the lower left; also signed "S.a Bolswert fculp" in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-3669
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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. Sebastianus Vrancx's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck''s refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Vrancx was esteemed as one of the main painters of battle scenes at the time. The majority of his works depict biblical scenes or scenes of war, such as the sacking of towns, cavalry combats, genre paintings, and allegorical subjects. Vrancx was also a writer of poetry, comedies, and tragic comedies for the Chamber of Rhetoric De Violieren as well as the militia head in his district. With his beady eyes, sharp nose, and pointed moustache, the multi-talented Vrancx appears as a force to be reckoned with, as he points to the right, as if in the midst of giving a command.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State V (of V) from the Giles Hendrickx edition, 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 pinxcit," and beneath that "S.a Bolswert fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription:SEBASTIANVS VRANCX | (PICTOR PRAELIORVM MINORVM) COHORTIS CIVIVM ANTVERP. DVCTOR. 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. 25 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. 25 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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