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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'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' - Art Quarterly 

A richly illustrated and erudite book exploring Van Dyck's portraits published in conjunction to the Frick's critically acclaimed 2016 exhibition.

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.

Details
  • Author: Stijn Alsteens is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 336 pages | 278 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300212051
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 24.1 cm
Reviews

'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' - Art Quarterly 

'[A] substantial catalogue . . . [with] excellent essays' - New York Review of Books

'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.' - Burlington


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