The Unfinished Print: 3 June to 7 October 2001 Back to Text Back to Image Index

Anthony van Dyck, Flemish, 1599-1641, and Jacob Neeffs, Flemish, 1610-after 1660
Self-Portrait, c. 1629/1630, reworked c. 1645
etching and engraving (state vi/vii)
Title page from Le Cabinet des plus beaux Portraits...faits par le fameux Antoine van Dyck, published c. 1700
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow,
in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art 1990.125.1.1

View state: i/vii | vi/vii

Some fifteen years after Van Dyck etched his self-portrait, the engraver Jacob Neeffs completed the plate to serve as the title page for a published edition of the portrait series. The engraved additions complete the bust but rob the image of its spontaneity. Remarkably, Neeffs chose not to remove the accidental scratch across the mustache, implying that even an inadvertent slip of the master's hand merited respect.

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