Collection Online
Medium
engraving
Catalogue/s Raisonné
M139.II,M139.I,D141.
Accession Number
270-5
Departments
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1959
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
In 1959 the NGV acquired a remarkable collection of Sir Anthony van Dyck’s Iconography print series. An ambitious collaboration between van Dyck and numerous engravers, Iconography is possibly the most influential collection of portraits in European art. Van Dyck is regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the golden age, and has been described as ‘the etcher of portraits par excellence’. For the Iconography series he etched seventeen plates himself, and supervised the creation of many more. The first edition, comprising 100 portraits, was published in 1645, with further engravings added in later editions.