Monday, December 30, 2013

‘Antiques Roadshow’ discovers a van Dyck masterpiece

(video below)
A priest in Nottingham, Father Jaime, had purchased the painting for $660, and brought it to a filming of Antiques Roadshow to be professionally appraised. Host Fiona Bruce initially thought the painting a fake, but something about it caught her eye.
She had just “spent weeks looking at nothing but Van Dyck paintings” with art expert Philip Mould, and suspected it might be genuine, so she called him in and he believed it was worth investigating.
After months of careful restoration, the pair consulted Van Dyck expert Christopher Brown, who verified it as a genuine Van Dyck .

Self Portrait With a Sunflower, Private collection
Sir Anthony van Dyck (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈdɛˑɪ̯k], many variant spellings;[1] 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was aFlemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draftsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching.
The British Royal Collection, which still contains many of his paintings of the royal family and others has a total of 26 paintings.[30]The National Gallery, London (fourteen works), The Museo del Prado (Spain) (twenty-five works), The Louvre in Paris (eighteen works), The Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Frick Collection have examples of his portrait style. Wilton House still holds the works he did for one of his main patrons, the Earl of Pembroke, including his largest work, a huge family group portrait with ten main figures.
Tate Britain held the exhibition Van Dyck & Britain in 2009.[31]

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