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Thursday, March 22, 2007
Anthony van Dyck
A Flemish artist who became a court painter for Charles I. He is best known for his courtly paintings which were considered masterful and the height of elegance. He displayed an aptitude for artistry at an early age, was apprenticed out, and then set up his own shop around the age of 14 with another painter. His self-portrait, painted around the age of 14/15, displays the extraordinary talent he already was at such a young age.

He was influenced heavily by Rubens and Titian, the first through a direct apprenticeship and the second through a viewing of his works. Rubens is said to have remarked about him that he was the best of his pupils.

Although he went to London in his late teens, he was never able to gain an audience with the King - then James I. It wasn't until his reputation was established that he came to the attention of King Charles I, who summoned him back to London. He painted many pictures of the court and its citizens, including the king, Queen Henrietta, their children, and the Earl of Stafford. He was later knighted and given a pension.

This Day in History: Anthony (Anton) van Dyck was born on this day in Antwerp in what year?

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4 Comments:
Blogger robynl said...
Sir Anthony (Anton) van Dyck (22 March 1599

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Good job, Robyn!!

Blogger Tempest Knight said...
I love his artwork!

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
So do I, Tempest. Thanks for dropping by.

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