|Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)|
Self-Portrait, ca. 1620–21
oil/canvas 47 1/8 × 34 5/8 in. (119.7 × 87.9 cm)
The show includes many of his supremely elegant finished portraits from Italy, France, Flanders, and England. But it also delves into his sketches and drawings, with considerable scholarship devoted to his preparatory sketches and working methods.
|Anthony Van Dyck Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1640|
29 7/8 × 23 1/4 in. (75.9 × 59.1 cm)
Speed Art Museum
"The treatment of the face is highly finished and refined, but the woman’s bust and hand await finishing glazes, and there are extensive areas of unpainted canvas that suggest a shawl wrapped around her body. As with many other works from his London studio, Van Dyck must have painted his sitter’s face from life, resulting in a halo still visible around her head. A workshop assistant would probably have completed the painting of the background and draperies before Van Dyck applied a few final touches."
For larger and more complex group portraits, Van Dyck painted individual studies from life. This one was only rediscovered in 2000 during an episode of Antiques Roadshow.
|Van Dyck, drawing of Sebastiaan Vrancx, ca. 1628–31|
7 x 10 inches, black chalk
Catalogue: Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
Online: Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, March 2, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Survey the exhibition in expandable thumbnails at their Visual index
Video lecture by Stijn Alsteens: "Drawing for Portraits"