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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The most popular art print reproductions today tend to be for artists from the 20th century, but there is still a good following for masters of the Renaissance and Baroque movements

Portrait paintings from centuries past can add a touch of class and intrigue to any home and as one of the finest portrait painter of them all, Van Dyck makes an obvious choice for art prints. All of this work is also free of copyright and therefore can be reproduced more cheaply.

Those purchasing art prints tend to fit into two distinct categories, those who want generic art that serves their walls as decorative features and those who have a genuine interest in art history and will have a specific artist or movement in mind, if not the precise artwork itself.

Van Dyck's ouevre is dominated by portraits but there are also other genres to appreciate too, such as mythological and biblical subjects. It is his accuracy with facial portraits which remains his finest quality as an artist and this is something that can accurately be communicated by a reproduction, if the quality of the print is sufficiently high.

More generally speaking, the stars of the Netherlandish or Flemish regions, loosely modern day Belgium and the Netherlands, have long since been held in high regard by the European art public. Van Dyck is just one example of that, though his career took a slightly different path in that he achieved most success as a court painter over the sea in England.

Alongside Van Dyck, prints are also frequently purchased from the careers of Jan van Eyck, Vermeer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and Rembrandt. Whilst all related geographically and within several centuries of each other, their work differs considerably. Within this group you will find stunning landscapes with fantastical creatures from the depths of an artist's mind to portraits of monarchists and indoor scenes of domestic life.

The style of Van Dyck, along with most others from the Baroque periods, are always best suited to framed reproductions with a small inlay to provide space between the artwork and its frame. Those with large budgets may even be able to purchase a customised, elaborate frame of their own but most will happily settle for a simpler black wooden frame with white inlay mat.