Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher at the Fitzwilliam Museum. "...The Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) did not leave behind a large body of work in the printed medium. He produced only nineteen etchings, seventeen of which are portraits, and it is on these that this virtual exhibition concentrates exclusively. When we consider that Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises three hundred different subjects, Van Dyck's output can not be considered even a moderate one. However, the portrait prints of his fellow artists and members of the close knit artistic community of Antwerp confirm Van Dyck's mastery as an etcher."


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