Authors

Cornelius de Baellieur I, the Elder

Antwerp 1607 - 1671

Born in Antwerp on 7th February 1607, his father was the art dealer Louis de la Baellieur, a profession he also worked in, and his mother was Ana van der Brugghen. In 1617 he began his training as a pupil of Anton Lisaert. Nine years later, he was admitted as master of the St Lucas Guild in Antwerp. He married on two occasions: first on 9th August 1633 to Madeleine Matthyssens and on 8th November 1636 to Marie de Wael. His only son, Cornelius II, was also a painter. In 1644 he was named dean of the St Lucas Guild. On 16th May 1671 he made a will and he died on 26th July of that same year. He was buried in Saint Jacob’s church in Antwerp. He was a painter of religious and gallery scenes and was invited by different clients to depict their collections. He was influenced by Frans Francken II, with whom his works have often been confused; his colouring, however, is harsher and his features less refined.

The Nativity

The Nativity