Catalogue Raisonné of the Louvre's Van Dycks

May 20 2024

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Picture: Louvre

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I don't believe AHN spotted this story last year, however, the Louvre in Paris published a fascinating catalogue raisonné of Van Dyck's paintings in the museum. The volume was written by the museum's curator Blaise Ducos. Amazingly, the catalogue also has an free online version which is filled with interesting catalogue notes (in French). Well recommended browsing, if you don't mind being lost for a few hours in such a splendid Van Dyck vortex!

Update - Bendor here. The images are excellent, and I congratulate the Louvre for putting so much useful information online. For what it is worth, I think the 'Joueur de Flute', catalogued as '(?)After Van Dyck' is most likely by Van Dyck; an early work, and unfinished (or just a sketch). I see in the note that the late Sir Oliver Millar was tempted to regard it favourably, and I daresay if he had seen it cleaned, he might have been even more favourable. I also see Prof. Erik Larsen dismissed it as a fake, which to be honest is also in its favour, as a Van Dyck.

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