Van Dyck

The Anatomy of Portraiture

Exhibition Website

Mar 2 2016 - Jun 5 2016

Frick Collection

New York City, NY

Anthony  van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of
 Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life — whether real or imagined — made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century.

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized on Van Dyck’s activity and process as a portraitist and the first major exhibition on the artist to be held in the United States in over twenty years. Through approximately one hundred works, the exhibition explores the astounding versatility and inventiveness of a portrait specialist, the stylistic development of a draftsman and painter, and the efficiency and genius of an artist in action. Lenders include the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the British Museum and National Gallery in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and major private collectors such as the Duke of Devonshire and the Duke of Buccleuch.

Credit: Exhibition Overview from The Frick Museum website

Whether you go or not, the exhibition catalog Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture  provides 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.   Showcases the full range of Van Dyck’s fascinating international career with more than 100 works, including 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 his grand painted portraits.

  • Painting
  • European
  • 15th - 17th Century
  • Portrait
  • Anthony van Dyck

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