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Gerard Seghers

painter, draftsman, copyist, court painter
On 25 June 1637 he was appointed court painter to the Cardinal Infant Ferdinand.
South Netherlandish
Antwerp 1591-03/1591-03-17
baptized on 17 March 1591 in the Antwerp Cathedral of Our Lady
Antwerp 1651-03-18
He was buried on 21 March in St. Michael's Church.
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Son of inn-keeper Jan (†15-9-1609) and his wife Maria Verhaegen. Gerard married c. 1621 with Catharina Wouters (†1656), with whom he had eleven children, a.o. Jan-Baptist (1624), Constantia (bapt. 8 July 1632, godfather: Jan Wildens. She became a master herself in the Guild 1660-1661 as an art dealer, Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 2, p. 311. note 2) and Dominicus (godfather: Gabriël Francken) (Antwerpen 1863, p. 197). For his other children: Roggen/Pauwels 1955-1956.
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  • Antwerpen 1603 - 1611
    He became an apprentice in 1603 and a master in 1608 in the Antwerp Guild (aged 17!) (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 1, p. 424, 446)
  • Napels 1611 - 1617
    c. 1611, worked a.o. in Naples and Rome for the Spanish vice-roy and cardinal Zapata and the Spanish ambassador (Strinati/Zuccari/Bagnoni 2010, p. 659)
  • Rome 1611 - 1617
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1617 - 1619
    Cardinal Antonio Zapata y Cisneros convinced Seghers to go to Madrid. He traveled to Madrid with Bartolomeo Cavarozzi and Giovanni Battista Crescenzi (Strinati/Zuccari/Bagnoni 2010, p. 659).
  • Antwerpen 1620 - 1624
    from this time on he spelled his name as 'Gerardo'
  • Utrecht 1624 - 1627
    His name is not mentioned during this period in Antwerp documents nor does he pay his guild-dues, so that it is very likely that he was out of town. A hypothesis is that he visited Honthorst during this time in Utrecht, where Joachim von Sandrart was also staying. As von Sandrart knew Seghers prior to 1645, it could well be that they met again in Utrecht (Roggen/Pauwels 1955-56, p. 268).
  • Gent 1635
    He collaborated on the Pompa Introïtus for the Cardinal Infant Ferdinand in Antwerp as well as on his Joyous Entry (Blijde Inkomste) of this prince in Ghent.
  • Antwerpen 1627 - 1643
    In 1631 he lived in a large house on the Meir. His name surfaces twice in entries in the Antwerp pasport ledgers over the early 1640s (1641 and 1643 respectively) (Roggen/Pauwels 1955-56, p. 261-262)
  • Amsterdam 1645
    Sandrart (1675) states that he met Seghers in 1645 in Amsterdam (Roggen/Pauwels 1955-56, p. 262).
  • Antwerpen 1646 - 1651
    Seghers became dean in the Guild between 18 September 1646 and 18 September 1647 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 2, p. 179)
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