Flemish Masters

The art of painting, visual stories, photography

Greetings. My name is Anthony van Dyck, Antwerp resident and portrait painter. While many flattering things are said about me, I have to admit that I learned everything from my brilliant master, Pieter Paul Rubens. With your permission, I'll guide you through artistic Flanders. The Flemish Masters will be in the spotlight until 2020. The ideal time for a visit to this fascinating region.

Nowhere in the world are there cities of art in such close proximity to each other as in Flanders.

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Anthony van Dyck

Anthony van Dyck, self-portrait (1615-1616) - © The Rubens House, Antwerp © www.lukasweb.be - Art In Flanders vzw

Painter: Peter Paul Rubens

Hello. My name is Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641).

In all modesty, I must say I was a portrait painter of some distinction. However, my master Rubens was the real genius. I was his favourite student and he strongly believed in my talent.

Some say I even became his first serious competitor in Antwerp as my technique was flawless. For a long time, people believed Rubens painted my portrait. It was only after a recent technical investigation that it was revealed to be a self-portrait. My portrait is on display at the Rubens House.

Later on, I painted many portraits (and self-portraits), often with the short, pointed beard then in fashion. That kind of beard was much later referred to as a “Van Dyke” or “Van Dyke beard”.

By the way, you may call me ‘Sir Anthony’, as I was knighted by King Charles I in 1623. The king was most passionate about art and very generous. He appointed me as his court painter and provided me with a house on the River Thames. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to grow old. On 9 December 1641, at the age of 42, I died after a long illness. I was buried in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.