Anthony van Dyck

1599 Born in Antwerp, the seventh child of a textile merchant.

1609 Becomes a pupil of the Dean of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke.

1617 His father becomes bankrupt.

1618 Registered as a master of the Guild of St Luke.

1618–19 He is working in Rubens’ studio.

1620 Partly in order to avoid paying for his father’s debts, van Dyck sets up his own independent studio in Antwerp, but later in the year he is in London.

1621 Van Dyck receives £100 from James I in recompense for ‘special services.’ In March he returns to Antwerp. In October he leaves for Genoa.

1622 He is in Rome. Then travels to Venice and Mantua, painting a number of portraits, some of traveling English aristocrats, as he went.

1623 Visits Turin, Florence and Bologna, then travels back to Rome where he paints more portraits. Meets Sir Kenelm Digby, a future English patron.

1624 He is in Palermo completing commissions from the Viceroy of Sicily.

1627 Returns to Antwerp where he paints religous subjects and portraits.

1630 Becomes painter to the court of Infanta Isabella in Brussels but remains resident in Antwerp.

1632 After spending the previous winter in The Hague, van Dyck travels to London receiving a knighthood from Charles I.

1634 In Antwerp attending to business and is elected Dean of the Guild of St Luke.

1635 Returns to England.

1637 Van Dyck is paid £1,200 by Charles I for ‘certaine pictures.’

1639 Marries Mary Ruthven, a member of the queen’s retinue.

1640 Visits Flanders; then travels to Paris in the hope of prestigious commissions for the Louvre.

1641 Dies in London eight days after his wife gives birth to their daughter Justiniana.


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Anthony van Dyck - Selected Works

c1620 Frans Snyders, New York, Frick Collection

c1620 The Emperor Theodosius is forbidden by Saint Ambrose to enter Milan Cathedral, London, National Gallery

1621 Portrait of Isabella Brant, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

1621 Self Portrait, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1621 Double Portrait of Frans Snyders and his wife, Kassel, Staatliche Museen

1622 Crucifixion, Venice, San Zaccaria

1623 Marchese Elena Grimaldi, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art

1625-6 Ecce Homo, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

1625-27 Portrait of Agostino Pallavicini, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum

1622-27 Portrait of a Young General, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1628 Portrait of Porzia Imperiale and her Daughter, Brussels, Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts

1629 Rinaldo and Armida, Baltimore Museum of Art

1630 Philippe le Roy, London, Wallace Collection

1633 Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson and a Monkey, Washington, National Gallery

1634 Portrait of William Feilding, 1st Earl of Denbigh, London, National Gallery

1634 Prince Thomas of Savoy on Horseback, Turin, Galleria Sabauda

1634 Deposition, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1635 The Abbé Scaglia adoring the Virgin and Child, London, National Gallery

1635 Charles I, King of England, Hunting, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1636 Triple Portrait of Charles I, Windsor, Royal Collection

1637 Prince Rupert, Count Palatine, London, National Gallery

1638 Equestrian Portrait of Charles I, London, National Gallery

1638 Lord John and Lord Bernard Stuart, London, National Gallery

1638 Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Croft, Windsor, Royal Collection

1632-41 James, Seventh Earl of Derby, His Lady and Child, New York, Frick Collection

Anthony van Dyck - Featured Paintings

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