The Berger Collection

Collection: Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Sir Anthony van Dyck was arguably the most influential portrait painter ever to have worked in England. He was born in Antwerp, in Flanders (present-day Belgium), where he studied under Peter Paul Rubens, at that time one of the most sought-after artists working in Europe. Van Dyck first came to England as a young man in 1620 but stayed only a short time before leaving to travel to Italy and returning to Flanders. From 1632 until his death, Van Dyck lived and worked in England. At the height of his career during this period, he was made Principal Painter to Charles I, knighted, and given a studio in central London. His nine years were prolific: he built up an enormous practice as a portrait painter and produced hundreds of works, the most famous being the portraits of Charles I on horseback. He also made oil sketches, watercolors, and engravings.