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A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Paul Pontius (Flemish, 1603-1658)
after Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599-1641)

About this artwork

Paul Pontius was trained as a painter prior to studying engraving. By the age of 24, he was a master in the Antwerp guild and was the primary artist responsible for making engravings after the work of Peter Paul Rubens. During his life, Rubens closely supervised the printmakers who reproduced his work, encouraging them to imitate his style as closely as possible. Pontius actually lived in Rubens’s house until a year after the painter’s death, at which time he went on to make engravings, such as this one, after Anthony van Dyck and other artists like Titian and Diego Velázquez. He also became a well-known portrait engraver.


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Paul Pontius


Peter Paul Rubens


Flanders (Artist's nationality)




Etching and engraving in black on cream laid paper


Plate: 23.4 × 15.6 cm (9 1/4 × 6 3/16 in.); Sheet: 24.4 × 16.6 cm (9 5/8 × 6 9/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mary Morley Sellers

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