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In Memoriam Van Dyck

Exhibition: 8 April - 9 May 1999

Van Dyck, one of the greatest portrait painters of all ages, was born 400 years ago, on 22 March, 1599. In his honor, a monographic exhibition will be organized from May on the two most important sites of his activity, Antwerp and London, for which the museum will loan the painter’s early masterpiece The Portrait of a Couple. For this occasion the painting, together with its richly ornamented, carved frame was restored with the help of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The visitors of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts can see it in its renewed state, before its exhibiting in London, together with the documentation showing the process of the restoration.

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Portrait of a married couple, ca. 1617-1618, Museum of fine arts, Budapest

Also on display are some etchings from the workshop of Van Dyck and some oil sketches made by the anonymous workshop fellows and followers of the master.

The museum’s further works by the master, the Saint John the Evangelist, the Portrait of a Man and the Mucius Scaevola before Porsenna, considered to be a joint work of Rubens and Van Dyck, can be seen in the permanent exhibition.