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Tracing a pose : Govert Flinck and the emergence of the Van Dyckian mode of portraiture in Amsterdam

By Hilbert Lootsma


Govert Flinck (1615-1660) was an artist born in Cleves, who worked in Amsterdam most of his life. He arrived in this city in (or around) 1633 where he started work in Rembrandt’s studio. Flinck is known especially as the first student of Rembrandt who abandoned his master’s style in favour of that of Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641). Influence of Van Dyck first entered Flinck’s work around 1645, some five years before other artists in Amsterdam started also to adopt elements of the Flemish artist’s style. In this article, I will attempt to answer the question how Flinck first encountered Van Dyck’s influence and what role he played in the emergence of the Van Dyckian mode of portraiture in Amsterdam. The version published here is without illustrations, due to copyright

Topics: Letteren, Govert Flinck, Anthony Van Dyck
Year: 2008
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