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Anthony Van Dyck was a renowned Flemish painter born in Antwerp, which was a main port in the Netherlands. He was the seventh of twelve children in the family. His mother Maria died three weeks after Anthony's seventh birthday. At age ten he was apprenticed to a painter, and by age nineteen he himself was a teacher. Later he began working with Peter Paul Rubens. Rubens became like a second father to him. In a couple of years he had advanced to the position of Ruben's assistant. Van Dyck became so skilled, it was sometimes hard to tell whether a painting had been done by him, or by his master, Rubens. He went to Italy to study and paint. King Charles I heard about him and how well he painted and called him back to England. In 1632 he became the chief painter for the king. King Charles was so pleased with his work, he knighted him and he became Sir Anthony Van Dyck. He lived an extravagant lifestyle. His income was enormous, but he spent money freely. It was at the king's suggestion he married Mary Ruthven, who was related to the royal family. Toward the end of his life he began craving more and more money. He hired many assistants who prepared the canvases and started the pictures for him. Then he would finish the portraits. Many of his portraits can be found in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.