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Frans Snyders, c. 1630

Anthony van Dyck
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
etching with engraving on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
22.2 x 15.9 cm trimmed; plate: 22.4 x 15.5 cm
Purchased 1948
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5240)

The Fleming Frans Snyders (1579-1657) was a prolific still-life and animal painter who, like van Dyck, worked for a period with Rubens. For this portrait, which was included in the" Iconography", van Dyck etched only the face of Snyders. The print was completed by Jacques Neefs (1610-after 1660), who filled in the less essential details of Snyders's body.

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