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Van Dyck

Van Dyck
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From the time he set up his first studio at the tender age of sixteen, Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) was a legend in the art world. Rubens, whom he studied with as a child, said that he was his most talented pupil, and he went on to spectacularly fulfill this promise with a career as a celebrated court painter in England and Spain. Historians, scholars, and art lovers alike continue to recognize the sophistication and timeless beauty of his works. In this fascinating compendium of Van Dyck’s decades-long career, Natalia Gritsai highlights the best of the artist’s many masterpieces.

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Winter 1631-1632: Works in The Hague at the court of Frederick Hendrick and Amalia van Solms, Prince and Princess of Orange.
 
1632: Arrives in London; soon knighted and made “principalle Paynter in ordinary to their Majesties”; takes up residence in Blackfriars, and in summer stays at Eitham Palace in Kent.
 
Winter 1634: Makes a journey from London to Flanders.
 
18 October 1634: Van Dyck is elected honorary dean of Antwerp’s Guild of St Luke.
 
Spring 1635: Again in London.
 
1639: Marries Mary Ruthven, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria.
 
October – November 1640 (?): In Paris he tries unsuccessfully to procure the commission for the decoration of the Grande Galérie in the Louvre; returns to London.
 
October 1641: In Antwerp.
 
1 December 1641: Birth of his daughter Justiniana.
 
9 December 1641: Van Dyck dies in Blackfriars.
 
11 December 1641: Buried in the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral in London (his tomb was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666).