"Van Dyck" by Stijn Alsteens

Van Dyck The Anatomy of Portraiture Stijn Alsteens, Adam Eaker, An Van Camp, Xavier F. Salomon, Bert Watteeuw

Publication date:
29 Mar 2016
Yale University Press
320 pages: 279 x 241mm
278 color illus.
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The first major examination of Anthony van Dyck’s work as a portraitist and an essential resource on this aspect of his illustrious career

This landmark volume is a comprehensive survey of the portrait drawings, paintings, and prints of Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated portraitists of all time. His supremely elegant style and ability to convey a sense of a sitter’s inner life made him a favored portraitist among high-ranking figures and royalty across Europe, as well as among his fellow artists and art enthusiasts.
Showcasing the full range of Van Dyck’s fascinating international career with more than 100 works, this catalogue celebrates the artist’s versatility, inventiveness, and influential approach to portraiture. Works include preparatory drawings and oil sketches that shed light on Van Dyck’s working process, prints that allowed his work to reach a wider audience, and grand painted portraits. Some of the masterpieces are drawn from the exceptional holdings of The Frick Collection, while other works are presented here for the first time. Also included are drawings by some of Van Dyck’s contemporaries—including his teacher Peter Paul Rubens—that illuminate the lineage of his working method. With insightful contributions by a team of international scholars, this unparalleled study of Van Dyck offers a compelling case for the distinctiveness and importance of the artist’s work.

Stijn Alsteens is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Adam Eaker is guest curator and former Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at The Frick Collection. An Van Camp is Christopher Brown Assistant Keeper of Northern European Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Xavier F. Salomon is Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection. Bert Watteeuw is curator of research collections at the Rubenianum in Antwerp.

“The quality of scholarship and generous quantity of comparative figures, together with sumptuously illustrated catalogue entries, make this work an exceptional addition to Van Dyck studies.”—Celina Fox, Art Quarterly

‘The substantial accompanying book is a proper, traditional catalogue, with full entries for each work.’ – Karen Hearn, Apollo

‘The handsome catalogue … includes excellent essays and entries. Thoughtful discussions of style, attribution, dating and provenance history appear throughout … a welcome and important contribution to the Van Dyck literature, and a worthy complement to this outstanding exhibition.’ - Arthur K. Wheelock, Burlington

“[A] substantial catalogue . . . [with] excellent essays.”—James Fenton, New York Review of Books

“A comprehensive monograph on the best portraitist of the seventeenth century and, without doubt, one of the best artists of all time. . . . A must-read for all students and experts of painting.”—Kristine Q. Baker, Washington Book Review