Van Dyck

THE OLD MASTERS: DUTCH AND FLEMISH ARTISTS

VAN DYCK

ANTHONY van DYCK (1599, Antwerp – 1641, London)
Van Dyck’s portraits, predominantly of the aristocracy during the time of Charles I, were defined by their elegance and colour and they were in huge demand and he was knighted for his efforts. Neither of these facts are surprising when one reads the following comment on Queen Henrietta Marie . . .

Self Portrait

Queen Henrietta Marie

. . . In 1641, when Sophia, later Electoress of Hanover, initially met Queen Henrietta Maria, in exile in Holland, she wrote: “Van Dyck’s handsome portraits had given me so fine an idea of the beauty of all English ladies, that I was surprised to find that the Queen, who looked so fine in painting, was a small woman raised up on her chair, with long skinny arms and teeth like defence works projecting from her mouth…”
If you are interested in history and want to know more about the aristocracy during the time of
NOTE: When you explore the links related to these artists you will find quite a few mentions in the descriptions of pictures which include the phrase “after the artist”. What this means is that the picture was probably painted by a pupil or contemporary in the style of the artist and is not the actual work of the artist under discussion.