Anthony Van Dyke (1599-1641), Baroque painter (which I am a fan of, in particular Baroque music) - self portrait above
Born in Antwerp, Van Dyke (along with Peter Paul Ruben who was his tutor) became the most important Flemish painter and one of the best known Baroque artists. He was called to England by Charles I, King of England and Scotland to become the court painter. In a ten year period he painted 350 paintings, 37 of the King and 30 of the Queen. The wife of Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria (younger sister to the King of France) was no beauty, it was told her skin was poor and her teeth yellow, however Van Dyke knew how to please the royals as see in the painting below of Henrietta - looking quite stunning!
The Royal Children (above and below a few years apart) - The eldest son would become Charles II following the death of Oliver Cromwell (1658) who became Lord Protector in 1653 after the be-heading of Charles I. However James, Charles II younger brother would never become King as he was a Catholic and the English did not want another Catholic on the throne. His Protestant sister Mary became queen with William of Orange (Dutch). (sorry for the history lesson, I just find it fascinating)
Charles I was a little man, but when painted on a big horse he tended to look much bigger - more regal! Van Dyke certainly knew how to keep his job. Painted in 1635.
The Three Faces of Charles I
Lord John Stuart and his brother brother Lord Bernard
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