Art: White-Haired Boy

Sir Anthony Van Dyck was one of the best art students that ever lived, and the special pet of Antwerp's great painter Peter Paul Rubens. In Antwerp's Koninklijk Museum last week, painters and art lovers were learning from Student Van Dyck. The exhibition, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of his birth, contained 134 paintings, sketches and etchings, showed both the strengths and weaknesses of imitative, academic genius.

The seventh child of a rich silk merchant, Van Dyck was an artist at 16, with his own studio and students. He did fine, for Antwerp...

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