- n. Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)
“After three days at the charming old country-seat at Saventhem, Van Dyck called his servant and told him to take the shoes off of the saddle-horse, and turn it and the cart-horse loose in the pasture.”
“Van Dyck was owed money, as were the Gentileschis.”
“But now a contract for certain portraits that were to come from the Rubens studio had been drawn up by the Jesuit Brothers, and in the contract was inserted a clause to the effect that Van Dyck should work on each one of the pictures.”
“The ancient Brotherhood of Saint Luke, of Antwerp, was always an exclusive affair, but during the years between Fifteen Hundred Ninety-seven and Sixteen Hundred Twenty-three there were twenty-seven artists by the name of Van Dyck upon its membership register.”
“Van Dyck had been deservedly raking in money from the nobility, for whom he painted dozens of portraits, but in 1638, he found that the king had slashed his latest bill for twenty-four works, halving the price of Le Roi à la Chasse from two hundred to one hundred pounds.”
“But inasmuch as the brilliant Helena Fourment, second wife of Rubens, whose picture was so often painted by her artist-husband, married again, why shouldn't Madame Van Dyck follow the example?”
“The pictures that Van Dyck then painted are there now in the same old ivy-grown, moss-covered church at Saventhem.”
“A year after his marriage, and on the day that Maria Ruthven gave birth to a child, Anthony Van Dyck died, aged forty years.”
“For a full year the ambitious Rubens took small notice of the Van Dyck lad, and possibly would not have selected him then as a favorite pupil but for an accident.”
“And so Sir Anthony Van Dyck was married to Maria Ruthven, at Saint Paul's Cathedral, and the King gave the bride away, ceremonially and in fact.”
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