The Young Van Dyck (HB)

The Young Van Dyck (HB)

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Alejandro Vergara is senior curator of Flemish and Northern European paintings at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. The son of a Spanish father and a mother from the United States, he studied at the University in Madrid, and received a Ph.D from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1994.

After teaching at the University of California, San Diego, and at Columbia University, he returned to his home city of Madrid in 1999 to become a curator at the Prado. He has occupied his current post since 2003.

By the age of just twenty-two, Anthony Van Dyck (15991641) had produced over 160 paintings, many of them ambitious compositions of remarkable quality. This book offers an in-depth study of the artists early career, spanning the eight years between 1613, when the artist was just fourteen, to his departure for Italy from Antwerp in October 1621. Were the paintings he created during these years his only legacy, he would still be recognized as one of the greatest artists of the 17th century.

Van Dyck's precocious talents are brilliantly demonstrated in the many important works reproduced here, among them such strikingly original masterpieces as The Betrayal of Christ and Saint Jerome in the Wilderness. Others The Entry of Christ into Jerusalem and The Lamentation, for example reveal Van Dyck at his most experimental, in search of new ways of increasing the visual impact of his compositions.

Van Dyck was also one of the first painters to rise to the challenge of Rubens omnipresent influence, evident in works such as Christ Crowned with Thorns.

Product Code 1036032
Author Alejandro Vergara
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Published January 2013
Format Hardback
Pages 415
Dimensions 2.5 x 0.4 x 3.1 cm
ISBN 9780500970508
GTIN 9780500970508
Dimensions 25 X 31 X 4
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