About Anthony van Dyck

Van Dyck's prodigious skill and Rubens's international connections created opportunities for van Dyck abroad. Before leaving Antwerp for a brief stint in London, where he worked in the court of King James I, van Dyck had already painted over 160 paintings.

His career took him to Italy. After returning to Antwerp beginning in 1627, van Dyck returned to London, receiving the knighthood and becoming the principal painter to King Charles I and his court, perhaps the best-known part of his career.

Anthony van Dyck returned to the continent several times, and during one of these trips he fell seriously ill. Shortly after arriving back in London, van Dyck died at the age of 42, leaving behind a staggering body of work and influencing generations of portrait painters.

Image: Anthony van Dyck, Jan Brueghel, about 1632, etching on cream laid paper with inscription in pen and brown ink, Eliza S. Paine Fund, 2007.1

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