Dyck, Anthony van, or Antoon or Anton (Sir)
Flemish School, 17th century, male.
Born 22 March 1599, in Antwerp; died 9 December 1641, in Blackfriars, London.
Painter, engraver. History painting, portraits.
Anthony van Dyck was 11 years old when his father, Franchois van Dyck, a wealthy cloth and silk merchant, found him an apprenticeship with Hendrik van Balen the Elder, with whom he stayed for two years before entering Peter Paul Rubens’s studio. Rubens had just returned from Italy and, struck by Van Dyck’s aptitude, wasted no time in training him in his new style. Rubens considered him to be the best of his pupils, and Van Dyck collaborated on many of his master’s great religious works. Rubens, who promoted his own work through engraved copies, saw to Van Dyck’s training in engraving and etching. His reputation was made so quickly that in early 1618, at the age of 19, he was registered as a master of the Guild of St Luke and, at the same time, had set up an independent workshop in Antwerp with Jan Brueghel the Younger, although he continued to work in Rubens’s studio....