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: "Plate 38"
Portfolio: "Methode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser Les Chevaux"
Engraved by: Théodorus van Kessel (c.1620-c.1660)
Year: 1657-1658 (Originally pub.)
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Copperplate Engraving
Sheet size: 17" x 21.25"
Image size: 15" x 20"