The Property of a European Private Collector
SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK
Antwerp 1599 - 1641 London
oil on oak panel, the reverse incised with the panel maker's mark of Guilliam Aertssen, and branded with the coat-of-arms of the city of Antwerp, the mark of the Antwerp panel makers guild
unframed: 63.8 x 47.8 cm.; 25⅛ x 18⅞ in.
framed: 89.5 x 73.5 cm.; 35¼ x 28⅞ in.
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The panel is uncradled and slightly bowed, with a vertical split running through the centre. The paint surface is clean, with a yellowed varnish. Some discoloured retouching are visible - mostly scattered in the saint's garment, around the fingers of his left hand, and in a thin vertical line along the aforementioned repaired split. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, but the opaque varnish impedes the legibility of any further intervention. The specified brushwork in the saint's face, hair and beard is well-preserved. In overall good condition.
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With E.A. Fleishmann, Munich, from whom acquired in 1926 by
Sigismund Alioth-Merian, Basel;
Thence by descent.
G. Glück, in Festschrift für Max J. Friedländer zum 60. Geburtstage, Leipzig 1927, p. 146, reproduced figs 5 and 6;
Rosenbaum, Der junge Van Dyck (1615–21), doctoral diss., Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich 1928, p. 43;
G. Glück, Van Dyck, Stuttgart, New York and London 1931, p. 522 n. 38;
G. Glück, Rubens, Van Dyck und ihr Kreis, Vienna 1933, p. 301, reproduced;
M. Roland, ‘Some thoughts on van Dyck’s Apostle Series’, in Revue d’Art Canadienne, vol. 10, 1983, p. 31;
S. Barnes et al., Van Dyck. A complete catalogue of the paintings, New Haven and London 2004, p. 75, cat. no. I.65, reproduced.
Basel, Kunstverein, Ausstellung von Kunstwerken des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts aus Basler Privatbesitz, 15 April – 28 May 1928.