Room 31

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Anthony Van Dyck

Please note that from 10 August, this room is closed for refurbishment. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Anthony van Dyck and his teacher Peter Paul Rubens were the two most distinguished Flemish painters of the 17th century. After enjoying great success as a portrait painter in London, Genoa and Antwerp, Van Dyck’s career reached its peak in 1632, when he returned to England to become court painter to King Charles l.

Van Dyck’s genius as a portraitist lay in his talent for capturing the aspirations of his sitters. Whether using a low viewpoint to make his subjects look taller, depicting them in rich settings and with elegant accessories, or endowing them with a confident gaze, Van Dyck excelled at portraying his patrons looking their best. Rubens’s teaching and the profound impact of Titian’s work encouraged Van Dyck to adopt a free and loose brushwork and use more vibrant colours.

In addition to portraits, Van Dyck was also admired for his religious and mythological works. A number of paintings by this artist are also displayed in Room 29.

Paintings in this room

Drunken Silenus supported by Satyrs
Drunken Silenus supported by Satyrs
Possibly by Anthony van Dyck
Prince Charles Louis, Count Palatine
Prince Charles Louis, Count Palatine
Studio of Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady
Marcus Geeraerts the younger
The Brazen Serpent
The Brazen Serpent
Peter Paul Rubens
Portrait of the Archduke Albert
Portrait of the Archduke Albert
Studio of Peter Paul Rubens
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella
Portrait of the Infanta Isabella
Studio of Peter Paul Rubens