Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Van Dyck (1599-1641)

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"From the time he set up his first studio at the tender age of sixteen, Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) was a legend in the art world. Rubens, whom he studied with as a child, said that he was his most talented pupil, and he went on to spectacularly fulfill this promise with a career as a celebrated court painter in England and Spain. Historians, scholars, and art lovers alike continue to recognize the sophistication and timeless beauty of his works. In this fascinating compendium of Van Dyck's decades-long career, Natalia Gritsai highlights the best of the artist's many masterpieces."--Publisher description.
Publisher: [New York] : Parkstone International, 2013.
ISBN: 9781781602294
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm


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Apr 09, 2018

The author hits the nail on the head when she writes "by compelling us to look into the eyes of his characters and creating a sensation almost of personal contact, the artist makes us share in their inner lives." (p. 62) Some of the pictures are interesting for unusual reasons: p. 179 looks like Zuckerberg, and on pages 199 and 201, the men are wearing some rather feminine looking footwear. My favourite pictures are on pages 63, 67, 97, 143, 155, and 175. The text is clear, but makes references to and includes discussions of works not depicted.

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