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Anthony van Dyck
Flemish painter, active England
Born the seventh of twelve children to a wealthy silk merchant in Belgium, Anthony van Dyck began to paint at an early age. By the age of nineteen, he had become a teacher in Antwerp. Soon afterward, he collaborated and trained with the famous Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. He studied and worked in Venice and Paris. Van Dyck was famed as a portrait painter in France and England, creating portraits for Charles I and Louis XIV.