Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture - the exhibition catalogue from The Frick available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture

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'a penetrating look at a master portraitist's short-lived career' - The Wall Street Journal

Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture

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 favoured 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 exhibition catalogue to the Frick's 2016 show 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.

  • Author: Stijn Alsteens is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Date published: March 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300212051
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.1 cm

'a penetrating look at a master portraitist's short-lived career' - The Wall Street Journal

'an absorbing survey that.. makes palpable both the sumptuousness and formality of court life and the more intimate alliances between artists, art dealers, printers and so forth that make an art world' - The New York Times

'A rich.. show of the chameleon-like genius of portrait painting' - The FT