Anthony Van Dyck was an equally talented printmaker and portraitist. The Flemish master painted and drew from a large number of subjects, including artists, generals and aristocracy. Van Dyck exhibited talent very early on, training under the best such as Peter Paul Rubens.
Jan de Wael. Etching and Engraving
His reputation spread outside the border of his own country, to France, Italy and England. Van Dyckis possibly best known for creating Iconographie (or Iconography), a series of over 100 printed portraits that were distributed across Europe. His choice of sitters is said to have revolutionized portraiture, not only being accessible to royalty but all walks of life. His prints are often ranked alongside those of Rembrandt, making him one of the most significant master printmakers of all time. Van Dyck’s etchings often vary in detail, showing a well-developed portrait but leaving the clothes and background sparse and un-shaded.
Jan Brueghel the Elder. Etching
Lucas Vorsterman, the Elder. Etching
Frans Snyders. Etching. 1625-37
Van Dyck’s etchings, created in the mid-1600s, have endured centuries, proving his prints to be timeless masterpieces.