FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
(after) Abraham VAN DIEPENBEECK
Abraham van Diepenbeeck (9 May 1596 (baptised) – between May and September 1675) was an erudite and accomplished
Dutch painter of the Flemish School.
Van Diepenbeeck was baptised in 's-Hertogenbosch. After having received a classical education, he became a pupil and
assistant of Peter Paul Rubens. He handled mythological and historical subjects, as well as portraits, with great skill and
vigour and was a good, sound colourist. He went to Antwerp about 1629 and made his first successes in painting on glass,
among his productions being windows in the cathedral there representing the "Acts of Mercy". Similar work at the church of
the Dominicans shows scenes from the "Life of Saint Paul". Van Diepenbeek was admitted to the guild of painters in 1638, and
became director of the academy in 1641. It was after a visit to Italy that the artist began to paint chiefly in oil and to illustrate.
Among his illustrations are fifty-eight designs engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert for the Abbe de Marolles' "Tableaux du
Temple des Muses". During the reign of Charles I of England, van Diepenbeeck was in England where, besides painting
portraits of the first Duke of Newcastle and his family, the artist illustrated that nobleman's book on horsemanship. He died,
aged 79, in Antwerp.
Title: "Untitled (Plate 38)"
Portfolio: Methode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser Les Chevaux
Engraved by: Théodorus van Kessel
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Engraving
Sheet size: 17" x 21.25"
Image size: 15" x 20"