Portrait of Hendrick van Balen

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Hendrick van Balen

Artist/Maker(s):

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599 - 1641)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1627 - 1632

Medium:

Black chalk

Dimensions:

24.4 x 19.7 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/4 in.)

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Anthony Van Dyck's former teacher, Hendrick van Balen, lived in Antwerp and painted religious and mythological themes. Van Dyck made this portrait as a study for a print that was part of a series known as The Iconography. This series was a collection of portraits of distinguished artists, soldiers, statesmen, administrators, and scholars of the early 1600s.

Using only black chalk, Van Dyck created a striking characterization of his old teacher. By placing Van Balen's right hand on the head of an antique bust while his left presses a soft cloth close to his chest, Van Dyck effectively suggested the erudition and refined personality of his mentor.

Provenance

N.A. Flinck

William Cavendish, second duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729 (Chatsworth), by descent to the 11th duke of Devonshire

Christie's (London) [sold, Christie's, London, July 3, 1984, lot 55]

Exhibitions
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (1949)
  • Arts Council England, (London), 1949, (Cat. by A.E. Popham, et al. 25)
Antoon van Dyck: Tekeningen en olieverfschetsen (July 1 to August 31 1960)
  • Rubenshuis, (Antwerp), July 1 to August 31, 1960, (Cat. by R.A. d'Hulst and H. Vey 78)
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, (Rotterdam), September 10 to September 6, 1960, (Cat. by R.A. d'Hulst and H. Vey 78)
Paintings and Drawings by Van Dyck (February 28 to March 24 1960)
  • Nottingham University Art Gallery, (Nottingham), February 28 to March 24, 1960, (Cat. by O. Millar 52)
Van Dyck: Drawings and Etchings from Chatsworth House (March 18 to April 16, 1978)
  • Graves Art Gallery, (Sheffield), March 18 to April 16, 1978, (Cat. 33)
Drawings by Anthony van Dyck (February 12 to August 11, 1991)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), February 12 to April 21, 1991, (Cat. by C. Brown 54)
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), June 1 to August 11, 1991, (Cat. by C. Brown 54)
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993, (Cat. 41)
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994, (Cat. 75)
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998, (Cat.)
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000, (Cat.)
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002, (Cat.)
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015, (Cat.)
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