Self-portrait – Van Dyck – Oil on panel, 43 x 32.5 cm – ca. 1615 – Vienna, Gëmaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenen Künste

20 november 2012 – 3 march 2013 – Museo Nacional del Prado

The Prado had no problem setting up with the help of the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam and a great number of international lenders, a very wealthy exhibit with some one hundred works of art that show the fullness of the youth’s genius.

Drunken Silenus, Van Dyck, oil on canvas, 107 x 90 cm, Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen

etween approximately 1613 and 1618, the year when he registered as a master in the painters’ guild, Van Dyck worked in a variety of styles. In what are probably his earliest pictures he appears tentative in his rendering of anatomy. But even then he shows a strong personality and an experimental bent, which can be seen in his taste for rugged types and textured surfaces, both of which are different from what was common in Antwerp at the time.

Paintings such as the Drunken Silenus and The Lamentation are more accomplished than pictures displayed earlier in this exhibition. They show Van Dyck experimenting with modes of expression associated with Venetian and early Netherlandish painting… read more on the museum site

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