Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist. At the Age of fifteen he was already an accomplished artist. Sir Peter Paul Rubens referred to Van Dyck as "the best of my pupils".
Van Dyke met great success in Europe and became the leading court painter in England.Charles I knighted him as "principalle Paynter in Ordinary to their Majesties.'
Van Dyke religious and mythological scenes influenced generations of artists and to date.