As an aspiring young artist, Anthony van Dyck possessed a precocious talent and a distinctive sense of style, yet he was forced to contend with the overpowering presence of Rubens, twenty-two years his senior and the dominating artistic force of Antwerp. This talk examines the ways in which Van Dyck’s ability to adapt and his will to be different shaped his early career.
During the decade he spent in London, Anthony van Dyck became famous for his spectacular portrait sittings, which combined painting with music and food to produce an elaborate entertainment for his clientele. This lecture, presented by the co-curator of Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture explores Van Dyck’s public persona and his legacy for seventeenth-century English poetry and drama, paying special attention to works included in the exhibition.
Marcia Pointon, Professor Emerita of History of Art, University of Manchester, presents her lecture "Why Portraiture?" at The Frick Collection. Discover the reasons why portraits have played such an important part in the history of western art since antiquity, and consider the role they have in shaping how individuals and societies see themselves.
Stijn Alsteens, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents his lecture "Drawing for Portraits" at The Frick Collection. Artists make portrait drawings in preparation for paintings, sculptures, and prints, but also as independent works. This lecture, presented by the co-curator of Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, explores the ways in which Van Dyck and other artists employed such drawings and what we can learn about the working methods of their authors.