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Lectures & Symposia Van Dyck's "Self-Portrait": the story of an etching, the development of a genre


By Pascal Torres-Guardiola, Musée du Louvre, the Edmond de Rothschild collection and the Chalcography Collection

In connection with the exhibition "Van Dyck the Engraver, or the Art of the Portrait" (February 6-May 5, 2008)

Van Dyck's "Self-Portrait" is one of his best known etchings. Three works will be presented: the copper plate, the first state, and the final state (the frontispiece of Van Dyck's printed portrait collection entitled "Iconography"). After observing the evolution of Van Dyck's work, the audience will study engraver Jacques Neeffs's use of the same copper plate, and compare this with the portrait of Van Dyck engraved by Lucas Vorsterman. Pascal Torrres aims to show how Van Dyck's inspired and original engravings gave rise to a celebrity portrait genre that was to influence the academicism of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Practical information

Louvre auditorium, 12:30 am