Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Rysbrack Statuettes of Rubens, van Dyck and du Quesnoy, Part 4. Sources Erasmus Quellinus.

 
 
 A mid 17th Century Engraving by Paulus Pontius
 Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.
 
 
 
 
 Peter Paul Rubens and  Anthony van Dyck
by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont),
 
After the original by Erasmus Quellinus (1607 - 78)
Portraits after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
 347 mm x 448 mm.
Rijksmuseum.
 
 
 
 
 
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Portraits of Van Dyck and Rubens by Abraham van Diepenbeeck (1599-1675).
Oil on wood panel -
size approx. 12 x 17 inches.
 
Theft Alert
unfortunately, this painting was stolen while it was on loan for an exhibition at the 
(old) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne in 1979 and has not yet been recovered.

 
© Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. 
Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.
 
I am extremely grateful to Diane Naylor, photo librarian at Chatsworth who provided me with this image. I would also like to thank Charles Noble, Curator of the Devonshire Collection for his communications and for facilitating my obtaining this image.
 
It should be noted that although attributed to van Diepenbeeck it is very obviously the original to the engraving above.
 
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Queen Christina of Sweden as Minerva.
Engraving mid 17th Century
340 x 216 mm.
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
 
After the original by Erasmus Quellinus
Jeremias Falck (1619 - 77).
Now in the Musee de la Chartreuse, Douai. (below).
 
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Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689).
As Minerva
Gruisaille, oil on board.
245 x 190 mm.
 
Monogramed on the book beneath the owl.
Erasmus Quellinus.
Commissioned in 1649 by the Swedish Ambassador Le Blon.
 
The existence of this grisaille perhaps suggests that there was an original of the bust depicted. Possibly a lost work by his brother Artus Quellinus.
 
For the Images of Queen Christina see
The Dissertation of Nathan Allan Popp, University of Iowa.
 
He was not aware of the Grissaille above.
 
For an excellent and very in depth study of Erasmus Quellinus see
Erasme Quellin, dans le sillage de Rubens. Musee de Flandre, Exhibition Catalogue. 2014.
In it there is a very interesting chapter written by Alain Jacobs - La Sculture dans L'ouevre Peint d' Erasme Quellin.
 
For a good overview of the career and networks of Erasmus Quellinus see -

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