Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
1 documents - page 1 of 1

The Virgin Child, (painting)

Artist:
Vandyk, Anthony Sir 1599-1641
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 137 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This is a very beautiful and incomparable picture; the colouring is exquisite, not to be surpassed, which has secured to him the admiration of all. He excelled in history and portrait, but his greatest power appeared in the latter, and no painter better understood the principles and practice of the chiaro scuro than vandyk. His choice of nature, when he painted portraits, was always that which was most agreeable; he gave an inexpressible grace to his heads; he showed abundant variety in the airs, and in some of them the character was even sublime; and as to his expression it was inimitable, the very soul of the character being visible. The extremities of his figures are true, graceful, and exact, and the hands in particular are designed in the greatest perfection; beautiful in their form, and delicately exact in their proportions. His draperies, which were taken from the mode of the times, are cast in a grand style, broad and simple in the folds, easy and natural in the disposition, and his colouring is lovely. If Vandyk had been as incessantly employed in history as he was in portrait, his ideas might have been more enlivened, his genius rendered more extensive, and his invention more animated so as to have equalled his master in design, as he surpassed him in the delicacy of his tints; and if Rubens deserves to be preferred to Vandyk, in history, yet the latter in many of the portraits of his earlier time is allowed equal even to titian, and superior to all others who have appeared since the revival of the art of painting. Painted by Sir Anthony Vandyk, who was born at Antwerp, 1599, died 1641." [P. 23.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts, entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time.
Topic:
Religion--New Testament--Mary
Religion--New Testament--Christ
Figure group--Female & Child
Control number:
AECI 03260137
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

Modify Your Search






or


Narrow By
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Paintings
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Paintings
  • Bible, N.T.
  • Female & Child
  • Figure group
  • Jesus Christ
  • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
  • Religion
  • Bible, N.T.
  • Female & Child
  • Figure group
  • Jesus Christ
  • Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
  • Religion
  • Vandyk, Anthony
  • 1870s
  • Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index