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Anthony Van Dyck - Prince of Painters Adam Busiakiewicz Tuesday 10 September 2019

Adam Busiakiewicz is an Art Historian, lutenist and lecturer. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in History at UCL in 2010 he held the position of Head of Historical Interpretation (Curator) at Warwick Castle. He left the castle in 2013 after winning a full AHRC studentship to pursue a Master's Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Art History at Warwick University after winning a CADRE Postgraduate Scholarship in 2017. Earlier in December 2014 he became the youngest Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection, where he regularly gives talks, tours and lectures to both public and professional audiences. He has also given lectures at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London. Adam is currently planning a publication on the Grevilles of Warwick Castle, and has had articles published by the British Art Journal, The Sidney Journal and Hispanic Lyra.

Few painters can claim greater influence over the development of British Art than Van Dyck. His fluid and colourful Baroque style, inspired by a love of Venetian painters such as Titian, eradicated the stiff painting of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Apart from transforming British portraiture, his exuberant mythological and religious works matched, and at times even outstripped, those achieved by his master, Rubens. This talk will not only focus on his life, travels and key works, but also chart his influence on British Art throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.