Saturday, August 24, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck's Marchesa Balbi

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 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck's Marchesa Balbi

  1. Greg

    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.

  2. Claire Souter

    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…

  3. Ælle

    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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