Abraham Van Diepenbeeck
Pontius, Paulus (I) (engraver), Diepenbeeck, Abraham van (designer), Meyssens, Joannes (publisher), Portrait of Abraham van Diepenbeeck, PK.OPB.0285.024, Collection City of Antwerp, Museum Plantin-Moretus
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Abraham van Diepenbeeck

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Abraham van Diepenbeeck is the son of a glass painter, a trade that van Diepenbeeck learns from his father. Van Diepenbeeck primarily designs glass windows, prints for books and tapestries. He designs glass windows for a number of Antwerp churches and cloisters. Van Diepenbeeck's productivity is known for his many design drawings and oil sketches. Prints that the artist designs are published by important printers such as Van Meurs and Plantin-Moretus. One of the highlights with regards to his designs of prints is the series for Temple des muses in the late 1630's.

Van Diepenbeeck is eclectic and uses motifs and stylistic elements from other artists in his works. Before 1640, the artist is in direct contact with the studio of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), an influence that clearly shows in his work. Rubens appeals to the artist to interpret some of his ideas into prints or to make copies of the work of other artists, such as Francesco Primaticcio (1504-1570) and Nicolò dell'Abate (ca. 1509-1571) in Paris and Fontainebleau. It is supposed that van Diepenbeeck also had hand helping with painting series by Rubens.

In the 1630's van Diepenbeeck ventures into monumental painting work to a limited degree. After 1640, the influence of Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) can be noted in the expressive postures and facial expressions.

9 May 1596

Abraham van Diepenbeeck is born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.


Van Diepenbeeck is taken in as Master glass painter in the Saint Luke guild of Antwerp.


There are strong suspicions that van Diepenbeeck, along with the studio of Rubens, helps on the poster boards of the tapestry series, The Adoration of the Eucharist.


Van Diepenbeeck follows the instructions of Rubens to make a design drawing for the Vitae Patrum of Heribertus Rosweyde (published by Plantin-Moretus).

Circa 1632

Rubens asks Abraham van Diepenbeeck to make drawings after frescoes by Francesco Primaticcio (1504-157) and Nicolò dell'Abate (ca. 1509-1571) in Paris and Fontainebleau.

4 January 1636

The artist is registered as a burgher of the City of Antwerp.


Van Diepenbeeck makes a design drawing for the print of Neptune and Minerva, basing it on material by Rubens.

June 1637

Catharina Heuvick and Abraham van Diepenbeeck are married. The couple has eight children.


Van Diepenbeeck obtains the status of Free Mastership in the Antwerp Saint Luke guild.

Circa 1640-1650

Van Diepenbeeck paints The Blessed Waltman crowned as abbot of St. Michiels in Antwerp (Saint Fredegandus Church, Deurne).


The artist becomes dean of the Antwerp Saint Luke guild.


In this year, van Diepenbeeck receives the commission to make sketches for a series of monumental paintings on the life of Psyche. The series is carried about by other painters from Antwerp for the Honselaarsdijk Palace (Holland) of the Stadtholder Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange (1584-1647). (At the beginning of the 19th Century, much of the palace is destroyed. The paintings have not survived).

13 May 1652

After the death of his first wife, van Diepenbeeck marries Anne van der Dort, with whom he has four children.

After 1660

In the last half of his life, the artist busies himself nearly exclusively with designs for books and tapestries.

31 December 1675

Abraham van Diepenbeeck dies in Antwerp.

Text: Matthias Depoorter

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Works by Abraham van Diepenbeeck

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