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VAN DYCK AT THE FRICK: MASTER PORTRAITIST

May 22, 2016

Tags: Van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641). Charles I and Henrietta Maria Holding a Laurel Wreath, 1632. Oil on canvas. Arcibiskupský zámek a zahrady v Kroměříži, Kroměříž.
At The Frick Collection, though you may have to hustle before it closes, is “Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture” (through June 5). For those with eyes unblinkered by Duchampianism, this 17th century maestro offers a thoroughly admirable object lesson in how to please one’s contemporaries while also pleasuring generations to come. (more…)