Anthony van Dyck

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Self Portrait With a Sunflower showing the gold collar and medal King Charles I gave him in 1633. The sunflower may represent the king, or royal patronage.

Sir Anthony van Dyck (22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist. He was the leading court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court. His style of painting was used for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects.