Friday, 17 February 2012
But he looks so different from the way he did in Mary Poppins!
"Today I'm a screever and as you can see, a screever's an artist of 'ighest agree; and it's all me own work from me own memory..."
Seriously, this the latest exhibition at the wonderful Dulwich Picture Gallery, a treasure house and one of the joys of living south of the river.
The exhibition, Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague 1624-25 is devoted to that 17th century screever, Anthony Van Dyck. In the spring of 1624 the painter Van Dyck moved from Genoa to Palermo in Sicily an, soon after his arrival, the city was struck by plague and most of the population died.
The exhibition takes Dulwich’s own Portrait of Emanuele Filiberto (right) as a starting point and expands into an examination of Van Dyck’s activity in that year.
It will also be the first time in the UK that Van Dyck’s portrait of the Viceroy of Sicily from Dulwich’s own collection will be seen next to the spectacular suit of armour worn by the viceroy in the portrait – still surviving in the Royal Armouries of Madrid.
The exhibition is on show from 15 February until 27 May.