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Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)
Date: 1624Accession Number: 71.41
Date: ca. 1630Accession Number: 60.71.5
Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, Antwerp 1593–1678 Antwerp)
Date: 1616Accession Number: 67.187.76
Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)
Date: ca. 1635Accession Number: 1990.196
Date: 1597Accession Number: 1982.60.24
Date: ca. 1615Accession Number: 45.141
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In comparison with the grand works displayed in gallery 628, this gallery features smaller paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and other seventeenth-century Flemish masters. Some are finished paintings suitable for private collectors; some are informal studies—records of live models who reappear in larger canvases; and still others are compositional studies for important public or royal commissions. The Feast of Acheloüs, a highly finished collaboration between Rubens and his colleague Jan Brueghel the Elder, is a "cabinet picture," destined for a collector's special room, or "cabinet," where rarities of art and nature were displayed. Van Dyck's Saint Rosalie was painted for a prominent collector in Palermo, Sicily, while his later Virgin and Child with Saint Catherine of Alexandria could have gone just as easily to a church in the Spanish Netherlands as to a private client. The dramatic landscape by Rubens was painted for his own pleasure.
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