Justus Sustermans (1597-1681)
Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, first state (of five)
This is an impression of the first state, before any lettering was engraved to the plate. At this early stage, there is only one unsteady line to indicate the margin. Underneath the line there is an area of foul-biting (see printmaking terms), similar to the occurrences in the portrait of Erasmus. Although there is less movement in this portrait to that of Pontius, for example, Susterman's stare and his drooping eyelids present a self-assured young man confident in his abilities as an artist.
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