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Object: Famille Sneyders
Series: Galerie Impériale de l'Ermitage
Portrait of a family; the husband on the left, in frontal view, facing the viewer, his right hand resting on the chair in front of him; on the right the wife, seated, half-length turned to the left, head slightly turned to face the viewer, wearing a big ruff; on her lap, inbetween the husband and wife, the child, full-length, looking up at her father, wearing a dress and holding a doll; after Anthony van Dyck
Lithograph on chine collé
- Production date
Height: 271 millimetres (image)
Width: 221 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1859,1008.128 for comment on series.
After the painting by Van Dyck, now in the The State Hermitage, St Petersburg, inv.no.534, see S. Barnes, N. de Poorter, O. Millar and H. Vey, 'Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings', Yale & London, 2004, cat.no.I.113:
The sitters have been identified as the families of either Frans Snyders or Jan Wildens, but neither identification is tenable. A simple comparison with the pendant portraits of Snyders and his wife in the Frick Collection rules them out. Moreover, they were childless. The identification with Wildens is also quickly excluded. The narrow face and fine nose of the father contrasts with Wildens's round countenance and wide nostrils. Furthermore, the child holding a doll is undoubtedly a girl: Wildens only had two sons. The sitters probably did come from Van Dyck's immediate circle, and may have been a painter's family. The forceful execution, quite novel at the time, could indicate that the patron was receptive to innovation, perhaps coming from an artistic milieu. The arms on the back of the chair are to sketchily painted to allow identification.
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