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Anthony van Dyck

The Virgin and Child, ca 1627
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, [..]
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Illustration number 1001482567
Dimensions: 495x650 pixels
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<a class="recordlink artists" href="/explore/artists/25230" title="Anthony van Dyck"><span class="text">Anthony van Dyck</span></a>
Illustration number 0000369806
Dimensions: 379x500 pixels
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Object information
Object category
painting
Physical connection
Reference in ‘composite artworks’: artworks that are/were connected, such as alterpieces, decorative pieces incorporated in panelling, and works of art that were intended to be displayed together, such as pendants and series.
was paired with DPG81 (Studio van Van Dyck; RKD, no. 292802) by Desenfans and Bourgeois, see below
Support/medium
canvas, oil paint
Medium grade plain-weave linen canvas. The original canvas consists of two pieces of fabric, joined horizontally across the centre. There is a later addition of approximately 30 cm at the top (possibly by Bourgeois). to make it a pendant for DPG81 (Studio Van Dyck). A thick, pale chalk ground has been streakily applied with a palette knife. There is a grey imprimatura above this. There are notable pentimenti around the child’s left foot and right arm (proper), and to the left of the Virgin’s head, and her proper left hand. Interestingly there is no ultramarine in this painting: the blue of the Virgin’s cloak is composed primarily of lead white and indigo, with some smalt. Glue-paste lined onto linen canvas; original tacking margins are absent. Due to the painting’s past problems with flaking, it has undergone several previous restoration treatments (not all of which have been recorded); consequently much of the paint is thin and abraded, for example in the background, shadows and plinth. Drapery passages containing smalt have discoloured over time, altering the balance of tones. Previous recorded treatment: 1864, treated, J. C. Robinson; c. 1950, cleaned and restored, Dr Hell; 2005, relined, cleaned and restored, S. Plender (Sophia Plender)
Shape/dimensions
rectangle (portrait format) 153,7 x 116,5 cm
The top is c. 30 cm enlarged
Current attribution
Anthony van Dyck
Date
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ca 1627 (1626 - 1628)
1630-1632 according to Bergvelt/Jonker 2016, based on Larsen 1988
Created in
Antwerp directly after his return from Italy
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Creation date: 2013-03-22; Last modified date: 2021-06-02

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