Portrait of Cornelius Van der Geest by Van Dyck


CORNELIUS VAN DER GEEST: That Van Dyck painted him we know. The painting lives. That Van Dyck was paid for his work we may assume. It follows that Van der Geest was a man of means. He was, moreover, a Fleming; and he unquestionably posed for the portrait prior to Van Dyck's departure for England at the age of twenty-one.

Besides Van Dyck's great achievements as a painter he brought into prominence the art of portrait engraving. His prolific accomplishments in both fields is to be accounted for not only by the early mastery of his talent, his indefatigable industry, and the fluent ease of his style, but by his employment of a large staff of pupils and associates.

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