The Unfinished Print: 3 June to 7 October 2001

Anthony van Dyck, Flemish, 1599-1641
Self-Portrait, c. 1629/1630
etching (state i/vii)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection 1943.3.8250

View state: i/vii | vi/vii

The rare, unfinished state of Van Dyck's Self-Portrait is the most prized of all the prints made for a series of portraits of noteworthy figures that came to be called the Iconography. This exquisite rendering set in lofty isolation on the sheet must have been valued not just as an exceptional example of the artist's skill, but also for its haughty abstraction.

 

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