Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Van Dyck, Anthony

Portrait of Philadelphia and Elisabeth Wharton
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was a Flemish painter who was one of the most important and prolific portraitists of the 17th century. He is also considered to be one of the most brilliant colorists in the history of art.
He settled in London from Antwerp, in 1632, as chief court painter to King Charles I, who knighted him shortly after his arrival. Van Dyck painted most of the English aristocracy of the time.

Van Dyck was one of the most influential 17th-century painters. He set a new style for Flemish art and founded the English school of painting. His style became lighter and more luminous, with thinner paint and more sparkling highlights in gold and silver occasionally showing a certain hastiness or superficiality as he hurried to satisfy his flood of commissions.
He died in London on December 9, 1641 and was buried in the St. Paul Cathedral.