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Prints - S Matthias
  • S Matthias
    Cornelis van Caukercken, born 1626 - died 1680
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S Matthias

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (Printed and published)

  • Date:

    1641-1678 (Printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cornelis van Caukercken, born 1626 - died 1680 (Engraver)
    Anthony van Dyck, born 1599 - died 1641 (Painter)
    Galle II, Cornelis (Publisher)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Julian Perfect

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB3H, shelf DR12

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) painted the series Christ and the Twelve Apostles (c.1618), one of the first major projects of his early career, during his time in the studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), possibly at Rubens's suggestion and certainly inspired by Rubens's own series of the same subject, which was painted for his patron the Duke of Lerma in 1612. Van Dyck's series, now dispersed, was successful enough to induce the artist to paint several replicas of at least some of the panels himself and to generate numerous later copies by other artists. Tracing which surviving panel relates to which set has supported a considerable body of published scholarship by itself.

The whole series was engraved by Cornelis van Caukercken (1626-1680) for the publisher Cornelis Galle the Younger (1615-1678), with the addition of a Saint James the Less based on van Dyck's Saint James the Greater (not included in the current set). The date of the engravings is not certain but may have been after 1660 when van Caukercken first became a member of the Antwerp Guild. There has been some published discussion about this and about which set (or sets) of the paintings provided the models for the engravings.

Physical description

Half-length portrait of Saint Matthias.

Place of Origin

Antwerp (Printed and published)


1641-1678 (Printed and published)


Cornelis van Caukercken, born 1626 - died 1680 (Engraver)
Anthony van Dyck, born 1599 - died 1641 (Painter)
Galle II, Cornelis (Publisher)

Marks and inscriptions

Ant:Van Dÿck pinxit. Corn. Galle excudit. Corn:Van Caukercken fecit
Below the image


Height: 17 cm, Width: 11.6 cm

Descriptive line

Cornelis van Caukercken after Anthony van Dyck, Saint Matthias, from the series Christ and the Twelve Apostles, Flemish, 17th century, engraving.


Ink; Paper





Production Type

Limited edition


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