Oil Portrait painting has been a popular and important form of art for thousands of years. Kings, Emperors, Pharaohs and other rulers used portrait oil painting as a sign of their importance and power. The use of portrait painting to demonstrate success and status continues to the present day but is also used to create an historical record of family and friends.
Whilst there are many famous portrait paintings and many famous portrait painters, Anthony van Dyke is probably one of the most famous oil portrait artists of all time. His famous portrait paintings are often of English Royalty and Aristocracy
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