Van Dyck and Flinck's model?

May 14 2012

Image of Van Dyck and Flinck's model?

Picture: Whitfield Fine Art / Dobiaschofsky

I was intrigued by a portrait that came up for sale recently, by Govaert Flinck (above right). It was signed and dated 1650. The sitter looked, to me, like a dead-ringer for a model Van Dyck used in about 1630, in a newly discovered work found by dealer Clovis Whitfield. The Van Dyck was featured in a c.1660 painting by David Teniers, thought to show Archduke Leopold's collection, in which it is labelled 'A V Dyck'.

Who was this artist's model, presumably much in demand for his contemplative manner and characterful beard? Or am I simply imagining that they are the same person?

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