Van Dyck, together with Rubens, is one of the greatest flemish painters of the 17th Century. He worked with Rubens, but this doesn't mean that he was his master, because Van Dyck was already a consolidated painter when he contacted with him. The influence of Rubens in Van Dyck┤s picture is the only thing that we have to realize.
Series of portraits are the most excellent thing among Van Dyck┤s production. They are a huge hiscoric information of Baroque world. He also painted compositions about different subjects: mythology, religion and landscapes.
In 1620, Van Dyck was in London working for Jaime I. In 1621, Van Dyck went to Italy. Here, he left his severe style to start painting in an exquisite and refined manner that characterizes him. From 1632 to his death he was working for Charles I. Van Dyck will influence in portrait painters from England like Gainsborough.
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