Sir Anthony van Dyck

Flemish / English (1599 - 1641)
Sir Anthony van Dyck Princess Elizabeth, 1635 - 1650 and Princess Anne, 1637 - 1640. Daughters of Charles I 1637

Biography

Born 1599
Died 1641
Nationalities Flemish
English
Birth place Antwerpen
Death place London

Van Dyck is perhaps most famous for the grand and elegant portraits he painted of the British aristocracy when he was court painter to King Charles I. He trained in Antwerp, and worked in Rubens’s studio as an assistant. His outstanding talents were recognised and encouraged by Rubens, who described him as his ‘best pupil’. Van Dyck developed his sumptuous portrait style during time spent in Italy, but also painted impressive religious, allegorical and mythical works. After returning to Antwerp for several years, Van Dyck moved to London in 1632, having accepted the King’s invitation to work for him, and remained there for the rest of his short but influential career.

Glossary terms

  • Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.

Exhibitions

Permanent
Reformation to Revolution
Portrait
Permanent
Dutch and Flemish Art
National