Anthonis van Dyck
Self-portrait, c. 1620/21 and 1627
© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen,
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
ANTHONY VAN DYCK (1599-1641)Alte Pinakothek
The Alte Pinakothek holds a sweeping range of works by the Flemish master Anthony van Dyck. Alongside his famed portraits, for which he has become known throughout all of Europe and which are represented by prominent examples, in his early period he also created history paintings with religious scenes.
The scholarly study of his Munich works, which is currently underway and underlies the exhibition, reveals a young, ambitious artist who concerned himself intensively with questions of composition and expression. The often complex genesis of the works is verified by many studies, some of which contribute to the diversity of the museum’s holdings.
The exhibition, which will also include loans from international museums, creates a multidimensional portrait of Van Dyck, who carved out his own style in his younger years precisely through his confrontation with the almost overpowering artistic persona of Peter Paul Rubens.