Paulus Pontius (1603-1658)
Paulus Pontius (the Latinized name of Paul De Pont) was the pupil of Lucas Vorsterman. Pontius replaced Vorsterman as chief engraver in Rubens' studio, even residing with the painter during the period 1624-31. He engraved plates after Rubens' designs until the painter's death in 1640. Pontius was one of the printmakers selected by Van Dyck to engrave portraits after his designs for the Iconography. Pontius executed thirty of the original eighty plates. The two evidently enjoyed a close relationship for Van Dyck to etch his portrait.
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