Anthony van Dyck painting to be auctioned

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Sotheby’s London is to auction a portrait of a monk, credited to Anthony van Dyck, that was previously thought to have been painted by Rubens.
The work, owned by the same French family for at least 200 years, was known as Confesseur de Rubens.
Sotheby’s says experts noticed brushwork more characteristic of Rubens’ pupil Van Dyck.
The artist’s Portrait of a Carmelite Monk, which is estimated to sell for £600,000-£800,000 when it is auctioned on 6 July, was among artworks valued for a family by the Sotheby’s Paris office.
The auction house’s George Gordon
said that the way the monk’s head was turned to one side created an impression of spontaneity as opposed
to the more formal composition of Rubens’ portraits.
He also said the brushwork was clearly legible throughout – a trait of Van Dyck’s when he was working in Rubens’ studio – and that the use of thick paint in the monk’s habit was also characteristic.