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Eaker, Adam
Van Dyck and the making of English portraiture / Adam Eaker.
London : Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2022.
New Haven : Yale University Press
Physical Description:
ix, 246 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Reference Library
NJ18.D985 E25 2022 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographic references (pages 187-235) and index.
"As a courtier, figure of fashion, and object of erotic fascination, Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) transformed the professional identities available to English artists. By making his portrait sittings into a form of courtly spectacle, Van Dyck inspired poets and playwrights at the same time that he offended guardians of traditional hierarchies. A self consciously Van Dyckian lineage of artists, many of them women, extends from his lifetime to the end of the eighteenth century and beyond. Recovering the often surprising responses of both writers and painters to Van Dyck's portraits, this book provides an alternative perspective on English art's historical self consciousness. Built around a series of close readings of artworks and texts ranging from poems and plays to early biographies and studio gossip, it traces the reception of Van Dyck's art on the part of artists like Mary Beale, William Hogarth, and Richard and Maria Cosway to bestow a historical specificity on the frequent claim that Van Dyck founded an English school of portraiture"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Painting, British -- Catalogs.
Portrait painting -- Catalogs.
Van Dyck, Anthony, 1599-1641.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Studio scenes
  • The scene of the sitting
  • Impudent painters
  • Artists and gentlewomen
  • Genealogies of portraiture
  • Old master poses.