Van Dyck in England

Celia Jones previews this magificent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

The first half of the seventeenth century in England saw a sudden flowering of aristocratic interest in the arts of connoisseurship and collection – in effect the Renaissance arrived in the British Isles. The man who most epitomises this new era is Sir Anthony Van Dyck – his title itself marking the departure from the days of the journeyman painter to the time of the genius among gentlemen.

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