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Lucas Vorsterman (1595-1675)


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

Van Dyck portrayed Vorsterman as alert but with his eyes cast down, captured as if in the act of listening. A strong sense of movement is created by the clockwise spin of Vorsterman's body though the torso, head and then eyes. The body has been completely etched, rather than indicated by summary outlines. As with some other early states it is apparent that Van Dyck's skill as a draughtsman does not quite match his skill as a printmaker: there is a deep accidental scratch at the top of the plate, and patchy areas at the top-left corner, caused by damage to the etching ground resulting in foul biting (see printmaking terms)

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