He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck's Marchesa Balbi

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:55 pm

Marchesa Balbi, Sir Anthony van Dyck
Marchesa Balbi, Sir Anthony van Dyck

On the Google Cultural Institute: Art Project. Also available on Wikimedia Commons.

The original is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

I’m not always fond of Van Dyck’s more stylized poses, but here, in a reserved, classical portrait of a member of the Geonese aristocracy, Van Dyck earns his reputation as one of the great portrait painters.

6 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck's Marchesa Balbi »

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  1. Comment by Ælle
    Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    If you are a Balbi descendant,you can …..
    http://www.balbifamily.com/index.htm

  2. Comment by Sherrill
    Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Tasty eye candy! Love the attention to detail . . . but, oh my, how uncomfortable those fashions must have been to wear! ! !

  3. Comment by Marc
    Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    Love the hands!

  4. Comment by Greg
    Monday, August 26, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    A total WOW (woman of wonder)! How many have fallen in love with her through out the ages? Definitely a painting to see when in DC.

  5. Comment by Claire Souter
    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    thank you so so much for your blog…
    how else can we get such a variety…
    and such good quality…
    and such detail…
    and so many references…
    thank you for the time you spend…
    teaching us…
    and inspiring us…
    and stretching further the big art world for us…

  6. Comment by Ælle
    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Definitely eye candy. Thanks, Charley!
    Václav, aka Wenceslaus and Wenzel, Hollar, from Prague, produced an etching (one of a total of 2700) after Van Dijk’s selfportrait with giant sunflower. Van Dijk was a giant himself. Think of his ‘brown’, his beard and outfit.
    http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/kallitypes/beyond-the-blues-vandyke-brown-printing
    https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/RP-P-OB-11.401
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Self-portrait_with_a_Sunflower_by_Anthony_van_Dyck.jpg

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