Abraham Janssens (I)

painter, draftsperson, guildmaster
South Netherlandish
Antwerp (city) 1575
according to Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872, vol. 1, p. 293, note 5, he was baptized on 15 January 1567. As Van den Branden 1883 argues, this cannot be true, as the names of the parents of this child do not tally. Furthermore, Van den Branden 1883 states, that Janssens is recorded as being fifty six years old in his last will of 17 September 1631. That gives his birthdate as 1575. According to Saur 2021 neither his birthplace as Antwerp nor his birthdate as 'c. 1575' is ascertained and rests solely on tradition (JKO, December 2021).
Antwerp (city) 1632-01/1632-01-25
buried on 25 January 1632 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872, vol. 1, p. 239, note 5); his death duties were met between 18 September 1631 and 18 September 1632 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961)
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son of Jan Janssen and Roelofken van Nuysen. Married in Antwerp on 1 May 1602 to Sara Goetkint (died Antwerp 7 april 1644), with whom he had 8 children; five children were alive at the time of their mother's death: Maria Anna (wife of Jan Brueghel II), Sara, Catharina, Lucretia and Abraham II (1644 in Italy)
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  • Antwerpen (stad) 1584 - 1597
    apprentice in the Guild of St. Luke, Antwerp in 1584 (master in 1601 after his return from Rome) (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872, vol.1, p. 239)
  • Rome 1597 - 1601
    c. 1597-c. 1601/2; lived and worked with his teacher Guilliam van Nieulandt I; inscribed his name ('Abraham Jansssens van Antwerpen') in the catacombs of Domitilla (Hensen 1916)
  • Antwerpen (stad) 1601 - 1632
    master in the Guild of St. Luke, Antwerp in 1601, 2nd dean in 1606, 1st dean in 1607 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961). Married on 1 May 1602 with Sara Goetkint from Antwerp; in 1610, together with Sebastiaen Vrancx accepted in the 'Confrerie der Romanisten' (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872, vol.1, p. 293, note 5)
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
Christian religious scene, history (genre), portrait
oil paint
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Creation date: 1994-01-11; Last modified date: 2023-07-07


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