Anthony van Dyck and the Art of Portraiture
To seventeenth-century eyes, the portraits of Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) were remarkable: individual, lifelike, yet elegantly flattering, and painted with a freedom that made much contemporary portraiture look staid by comparison. As his reputation grew, the artist's portrayals were in demand from the most fashionable and important sitters across Europe, including royalty. His artistic virtuosity and his debonair painting were mirrored by his glamorous lifestyle and dazzlingly successful, but sadly short career. Christopher White follows Van Dyck's life through the portraits that he painted in the Low Countries , Italy and England, examining their charm - and their occasional flaws - while setting them alongside the work of other European artists of the age.