The Alte Pinakothek is dedicating a large special exhibition to the Flemish painter van Dyck: From his artistic beginnings to the portrait painting that made van Dyck famous - works from all creative periods are presented.
Celebrated throughout Europe for his portraits of princes, generals, artists and beauties of his time. They were all captured by him incomparably alive and at the same time representative in the picture. But the road to fame was not simple: his artistic beginnings were marked by the famous Peter Paul Rubens, the equally admired and almost overpowering role model that shaped his early history paintings. Only in Italy, under the influence of Venetian painting, Titian and Tintoretto, he found his own way.
The exhibition brings the visitor close to an personality who was searching, wrestling with his own creativity and artistic goals. The intense examination of the role models ultimately led from history to portraiture, with which Van Dyck rose to become one of the most famous and sought-after painters of his time.
With around 100 exhibits, including numerous loans from museums and private collections in Europe and the United States, the exhibition traces the artistic development of Van Dyck. The first section is dedicated to early works. These are mainly historical paintings that reveal the influence of Rubens. The works created after his stay in Italy are in the center of the second section: his portraits characterize a sensitive observation of his personality, which he knew how to stage with materials that were almost sensually perceptible and in a representative décor. This is also confirmed by the artist portraits represented in impressive examples in the Munich Collection. They are dedicated to the third section of the exhibition. The ten grisaille sketches from the Munich inventory, which are connected with the monumental project of the "Iconography", open the fourth section: It reflects the work processes within the workshop from the original handwritten Van Dyck to the final execution in copperplate engraving or etching. ,