05 June 2021

JVDPPP publishes and updates important article on the development of Van Dyck’s portrait style

In 1957 the Austrian scholar Ludwig Baldass published ‘Some Notes on the Development of Van Dyck’s Portrait Style’ in the Gazette Des Beaux Arts. This relatively unknown article, written in 1948, makes perceptive distinctions between the style of Rubens and early Van Dyck. The reattributions remain valid today. At the core of the article are Baldass’s detailed observation and sheer appreciation of the portraits by Rubens and Van Dyck in the Liechtenstein Collection.

Anthony Van Dyck (1599 – 1641), Portrait of Antonio de Tassis (detail), Princely Collections, Vaduz, Lichtenstein (© The Princely Collections, Lichtenstein)

The JVDPPP updated Baldass’s article by incorporating more than 45 colour images of the paintings mentioned in the text. The original article contained only 19 black and white images. At the same time, we have traced and updated the locations of nearly all paintings. The text is edited and updated by James Innes-Mulraine and Justin Davies, and is prefaced with an introduction by James Innes-Mulraine.

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Baldass’s ‘Some Notes on the Development of Van Dyck’s Portrait Style’ follows ‘The Early Work of Jacob Jordaens’ by Ludwig Burchard (1928) as the fifth important out-of-print article that has been updated and re-published by the JVDPPP. Previously, the project also published ‘The Early Work of Van Dyck’ (Gustav Glück,1924), ‘The Antwerp panel-makers and their marks‘ (Jan Van Damme, 1990) and ‘History of the Antwerp School of Painting‘ (F. Jos Van den Branden, 1883).

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