• Self-Portrait

    Artist:
    Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    116,5x93,5 cm

Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641

Self-Portrait

Flanders, 1633

At times, the line of continuity from Raphael found expression in artists’ self-portraits – programmatic works that were intended to convey to contemporaries and posterity not only their creators’ appearance, but also their aesthetic creed.The celebrated portraitist Anthony Van Dyck, a pupil of Rubens, made his own self-portrait resemble the now lost Portrait of a Young Man by Raphael that in the 17th century was considered a self-portrait. It is precisely in that quality that a reproduction of the work was included in the famed Iconography, a collection of engraved portraits created on Van Dyck’s initiative.Van Dyck’s own self-portrait was painted in Italy, where the artist had seen Raphael’s painting, as is evidenced by a sketch in one of his travelling albums. It was Raphael’s work that suggested the figure’s pose to Van Dyck, its relaxed turn in space, the proud bearing, the complex silhouette of the costume with its puffy sleeves, and, most importantly, the elegant gesture of the hands, an embodiment of the artistry and unforced gracefulness that made the two painters kin.

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Self-Portrait

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oil

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116,5x93,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the collection of L.A. Crozat, Baron de Thiers, in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-548

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