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Jan Snellinck (1544-1638)


Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, second state (of seven)

Van Dyck draws Snellinck with his hand at his stomach, and apart from the fact that he isn't wearing armour, Snellinck appears more like a soldier than an artist. The rising smoke in the background is perhaps an allusion to the battle scenes he was renowned for painting. This portrait is not psychologically self-contained, as the sitter interacts with some unseen person outside the picture space, as with the portrait of Vorsterman and Pontius. The lower half of the margin has been cut away.

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