Anthony van Dyck

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  • Date of birth: 22 March 1599
  • Date of death: 9 Dec 1641
  • Country: Holland


Antwerp is famous for its natives, whom is Anthony van Dyck. He was born March 22, 1599. The future artist’s father was a prosperous merchant traded in cloth. They had a house in the heart of the city. Anthony was the 7th child in the family, true brothers and sisters it was pivot.

After his mother’s death in 1607 Anthony gave to the disciples to Henrik van Baleno. Here he spent the whole 4 years. But from 1614 Anthony van Dyck began to work independently.

His first works the young artist wrote, when I was in the painters ‘ Guild them. St. Luke. At this time van Dyck became friends with Rubens and began to work in his workshop, helping to finish, and sometimes to draw individual orders. It was at his suggestion van Dyck participated in the painting of the Church of the Jesuits. Working together with Rubens Anthony has mastered the art of drawing is very fast, and tried to imitate his teacher, but soon began to paint pictures of his own style.

Very bright van Dyck manifested itself in portraiture and quickly gained this reputation. His most famous portraits are the “Portrait of James Stewart”, “Portrait of Louis XIV”, “self-Portrait with sir Endymion porter”, and others.

Despite the fact that van Dyck was Flemish and was tied to Rubens, he in 1621 he moved to Italy. Here he lived for about 6 years. Having visited many Italian cities and acquainted with the art of Italian artists. Especially strongly he was attracted by the paintings of Titian. In Italy he creates many of his famous portraits. Worked van Dyck mostly at this time in Genoa.

In 1627 he returned to his hometown, van Dyck became court painter to Isabella. Now the work began to include not only portraits of “ordinary” people, but the Flemish nobility.

In 1632 the artist moved to London. Here van Dyck feels great. He received a knighthood and a gold chain. We can say that the dream of the artist, because his models are a person of the London aristocracy.

In fact, about the life of Anthony van Dyck, little is known. There were many rumours, for example that he was involved in alchemy, although no evidence was not. Van Dyck was short, well built, charming, always dressed “to the nines” was good-natured and hospitable.

He married in 1639 to Mary Ruthven, a young lady-in-waiting of the Queen, the artist firmly in the ranks of the English nobility.

Towards the end of his life, the artist had a lot of work. He even traveled to Paris to participate in the painting galleries of the Louvre. He died on 9 December 1641.