barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Lucas Vorsterman

Antwerp, about 1630


248 x 160 mm


Lucas Vorsterman (1595-1675) was a talented engraver who was employed by Rubens to create reproductions of the master’s work until a violent dispute ended their relationship.

This engraving is one of 80 prints that appeared in Van Dyck’s series ‘portraits of famous men’, later known by its 18th-century title, the Iconography. Vorsterman worked closely with Van Dyck on this series. Curiously, although Vorsterman turns his head towards us, he is looking to the side. This creates a sense of movement and suggests that his attention has suddenly been engaged.

Purchased  2003 (No. 2003.6)

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