"Van Dyck" by Susan J.              Barnes

Van Dyck A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings Susan J. Barnes, Nora De Poorter, Oliver Millar, Horst Vey

Publication date:
11 Jul 2004
Paul Mellon Centre
704 pages: 305 x 248mm
633 b-w + 202 color illus.

Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641) is among the greatest portrait painters of all time. The 1990s opened and closed with major exhibitions devoted to his work, and now the long-awaited catalogue raisonné of his painted oeuvre is complete.

A native of Antwerp, Van Dyck also lived and worked for long periods in Italy and England, where his brief, productive life ended. He is best known for his work at the court of Charles I. His full-length portraits of aristocrats in the Caroline court and in Genoa, Antwerp, Brussels, and The Hague influenced the history of Western portraiture into the twentieth century in the work of John Singer Sargent. Handsomely designed and illustrated, the volume includes a reproduction of every known authentic painting by the artist as well as the provenance and the significant facts and literature on each. This catalogue raisonné is, fittingly, the collaborative work of an international team devoted to the study of this major international artist.

Susan J. Barnes, an independent art historian, co-curated a Van Dyck exhibit in Washington, D.C., 1990. Nora De Poorter is director of the Rubenianum, Antwerp. Oliver Millar, Surveyor Emeritus of The Queen’s Pictures, organized an exhibition of Van Dyck’s English work at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 1982–83. Horst Vey, former director of the Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, is author of the standard work on Van Dyck’s drawings.

"A real debt of gratitude is owed to the authors of this magnum opus that defines and refines our knowledge of Anthony van Dyck's paintings. . . . They provide a largely coherent and certainly detailed account which will be the essential point of departure for a generation or two to come."?Gregory Martin, Burlington Magazine


"Lavish. . . . Impressive. . . . The definitive reference on the paintings of Anthony Van Dyck. Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings will surely appeal to art historians of that period and will be an important acquisition for university libraries."?Yves Laberge, Sixteenth Century Journal

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