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Joos de Momper (1564-1635)


Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, first state (of five)

As with some of the other etchings, for example Pieter Brueghel and Erasmus, this portrait was not elaborated by subsequent printmakers, neither within Van Dyck's lifetime nor after it. A borderline and inscription are the only additions to Van Dyck's portrait. The inspiration for the pose came from another printed portrait, engraved by Simon Frisius in 1618, which portrayed De Momper gesturing towards a range of mountains, scenery he specialised in painting.

Click on the link below to view this print's record in the Museum's Online Public Access Catalogue