In 1620, Anthony van Dyck painted Frans Snyders. Frans Snyders was a Flemish painter well-known for his works involving animals. As such, Van Dyck’s painting showcases his collaboration with Snyders. His paintings made an impression on King Philip IV of Spain, who was fond of Snyders’ art among other things he admired.
Van Dyck’s work with Frans Snyders inspired further works in the artist’s career. A few years after working with Frans Snyders in 1620, Van Dyck produced portraits of King Charles I of England in 1635 – an impressive feat that cemented his reputation as one of the best painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Such diverse and intricate artwork shows the wide range of talents possessed by Van Dyck, especially when looking at his 1620 painting with Frans Snyders.