Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague, 1624-25
15 February – 27 May 2012
This exhibition focuses on Van Dyck's work during his visit to Palermo.
They were fascinating, turbulent times: In the spring of 1624 he moved to the Sicily from Genoa, and soon after the artist's arrival, plague struck Palermo and most of the population died. In the same year, the bones of Saint Rosalia were discovered in a cave on the Monte Pellegrino following several reported sightings of the 12th-century figure.
The exhibition takes Dulwich's own Portrait of Emanuele Filiberto 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.