About this artwork
The painter Anthony van Dyck etched only the head of most of his portraits, leaving the background to other artists. Jacques Neeffs expanded this print with engraved lines, transforming Van Dyck’s abbreviated self-portrait into a sculptural bust atop a robust column. Finished posthumously, long after Van Dyck’s appointment as court painter to Charles I of England, the resulting print reinforces Van Dyck’s fame, serving as it does as the title page to his Iconography, a series of portraits of artists and other celebrated contemporary figures. His original self-portrait head, itself iconic, would become a milestone in the history of artist self-portraits.
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- Prints and Drawings
- Jacques Neeffs
- Title Page from the "Iconography"
- Made 1645
- Etching and engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 242 × 151 mm (image); 245 × 157 mm (plate); 425 × 279 mm (sheet)
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