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Apart from Rubens,
the greatest Flemish painter of the 17th
century. In 1609 Sir Anthony van Dyck began
his apprenticeship with Hendrick van Balen
in his native Antwerp and he was exceptionally precocious. Nevertheless the two years
Sir Anthony van Dyck painter spent with Rubens were decisive and
Rubens's influence upon Sir Anthony van Dyck painting is
unmistakable, although his style was
always less energetic.
In 1620 the artist went to London, where hespent a few months in
the service of James I (1566-1625), then in 1621 to Italy, where Sir Anthony van
Dyck artist travelled a great deal,
and toned down the Flemish robustness of early Sir Anthony van Dyck paintings to create the refined and
elegant style which remained characteristic
of Sir Anthony van Dyck painting for the rest of his life. His
great series of Baroque portraits of the
Genoese aristocracy established the
`immortal' type of nobleman, with proud mien
and slender figure. The years 1628-32 were
spent mainly at Antwerp.
From 1632 until his death Sir Anthony van Dyck was in England
-- except for visits to the Continent -- as painter to Charles I, from whom he received
a knighthood. During these years he was
occupied almost entirely with Sir Anthony van Dyck portraits. Perhaps the
strongest evidence of his power as a portraitist is the fact that today we see
Charles I and his court through his eyes. It is customary to accuse him of
invariably flattering his sitters, but not all his patrons would have agreed. - Sir Antony van Dyck
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influence on English portraits has been
profound and lasting: Gainsborough, in particular,
revered him, but Sir Anthony van Dyck painter was an
inspiration to many others until the early
20th century, when society portraiture
ceased to be a major form of artistic
expression. Sir Anthony van Dyck also painted religious and
mythological subjects, however, and a
surprising facet of his activity is revealed
by his landscapes in water-color (British
Museum, London). His Iconography (1645) is a
series of etchings or engravings of his
famous contemporaries. Van Dyck etched some
of the plates himself, and many more were
engraved after Sir Anthony van Dyck drawings and oil