Ferdinand van Kessel (I)

South Netherlandish
Antwerp (city) 1648-04/1648-04-07
baptized on April 7, 1648
Breda (place) 1702-07-29
notary archives J. Denman, Breda
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son of Jan van Kessel I (1626-1679) and Maria van Apshoven (died 1678), brother of Jan van Kessel II
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  • Antwerpen (stad) 1667 - 1688
    According to Thieme/Becker 1927, he made his will in 1680 and in 1688 in Amsterdam, but this is clearly a mistake. Being ill, he made his will on 17 April 1680 and again on 1 December 1688, both in Antwerp (Van den Branden 1883). However, as he signed the document of 1688 as 'tegenwoordelijck wesende binnen deser stadt', he must have been based outside the city by then, probably in Breda (R. van Leeuwen, January 2023).
  • Breda (plaats) 1688 - 1702
    Mr. Molo, a representative of the Polish king John III Sobieski who sent a few of his cabinet pieces to Poland. When these were well received, he invited van Kessel to come to Breda to make enough paintings to decorate a whole room in the Wilanów Palace. Van Kessel subsequently moved to Breda to fulfill this commission according to the taste of the Polish King. C. 1689 he became teacher of Jacob Campo Weyerman; appointed court painter of the Polish king Johann Sobieski 1694; comissioned by Willem III (Weyerman).
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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.
landscape (genre), animal painting (genre), fruit piece, study of insects
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-01-11; Last modified date: 2023-08-19


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