Many of the early paintings of Van Dyck are written on religious subjects). However, the peak of religious themes in his work fell in 1627-32, when the artist created a series of large altar images. The canvas “The Vision of St. Augustine,” for example, he wrote specifically for the Church of St. Augustine in Antwerp.
Van Dyck also owns a number of small religious paintings purchased by private individuals. Most often the artist portrayed the Virgin with the Child, as on the canvas “Madonna with the Child and the Angels.” Van Dyck was a devout Catholic, and this explains the high emotional intensity of his religious paintings. However, having moved to Protestant England, where such stories had no demand, the artist almost completely left this genre.