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Anthony Van Dyke

Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641)
Diana and Endymion
Pen and point of brush and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white gouache, on blue paper, faded to green gray
7 1/2 x 9 inches (190 x 228 mm)
Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924; I, 240
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Like his mentor, Peter Paul Rubens, Van Dyck was a prolific and energetic draftsman who executed pen-and-ink sketches to explore ideas for compositions. The restless experimentation and disregard for detail and proportion evident in this sheet reflect Van Dyck's preoccupation with the dramatic action of the scene.

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