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A Perfect Model: Prints after Anthony van Dyck’s Portraits

Exhibition: 8 June - 1 December 2024

The exhibition includes a selection of more than 50 prints from Van Dyck’s famous Iconographie series. The series depicts more than 100 scholars, military leaders, politicians and nobles. To tackle this ambitious project, Van Dyck employed some of the best printmakers of the period, including Paulus Pontius and Lucas Vorsterman the Elder. The engravers worked on the series for years and only completed it after Van Dyck’s death in 1641.

Lucas Vorsterman (1595-1675), after Anthony van Dyck, Cornelis Saftleven, 1630-50
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia

Born in 1599 in the Spanish Netherlands, Van Dyck made his mark as the leading court painter in England. He worked at a time when there was a high demand for people to immortalize who they were. His portraits were in some ways the carefully composed selfies of his day, seeming to capture a casual pose even as each gesture and object speaks to the sitters’ desire to project a certain image. Van Dyck’s fame as one of the leading portraitists of the period guaranteed him a full roster of clients and the admiration of fellow artists.

The exhibition is curated by Nelda Damiano, the museum’s Pierre Daura Curator of European Art.