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Nationality/school
South Netherlandish
Born
Bergen op Zoom 1613/1614
According to Houbraken he was born in Bergen op Zoom in 1613; Thieme/Becker 1947 states 1614.
Deceased
Antwerp 1654-01-23
He died 23 January 1654 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961). Artus Quellinus made his bust on his tomb (Wurzbach 1910).
Family relationships
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son of Peter Willeboirts and Cornelia Thomas, brother of Maria Willeboirts Bosschaert, who did his housekeeping; he remained unmarried all his life (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961, vol. 2, p. 267-268 and note 1).
See also
In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
Willeboirts painted together with Schut a Martyrdom of Saint George (Wurzbach 1910); for a cooperation of Bosschaert and J.Dz. de Heem see RKDImages 45212; Johannes van Erlewyn was a student, personal servant and heir to Thomas Willeboirts (Heinrich 2003, vol. 2, p. 400 note 191)
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Biographical information
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  • Bergen op Zoom
    his first teacher seems to have been a master of Bergen op Zoom, whose name is unknown
  • Antwerpen 1628 - 1637-09-18
    became 'poorter'(citizen) of Antwerp on August 7, 1637; master in the Guild between 18 September 1636 and 18 September 1637 (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961)
  • Berlijn 1637
    made a three year journey through Germany, Italy and Spain (Thieme/Becker 1947)
  • Rome 1637 - 1640
  • Madrid (Spanje) 1640
    worked on the decorations of the Torre de la Parada. According to Houbraken he also visited Britain.
  • Antwerpen 1640 - 1642
  • Den Haag 1642 - 1650
    He painted seventeen paintings with mythological subjects between 1642 and 1647 for stadholder Frederik Hendrik and later also worked for his son, Willem II (Wurzbach 1910; Thieme/Becker 1947)
  • Antwerpen 1650 - 1654
    In 1650 he bought the house in which Jan Brueghel had his workshop (Wurzbach 1910); made some paintings for a monastery in Fuensaldaña (Spain) (Díaz Padrón 1972); between 18 September 1650 and 17 September 1651 dean of the guild for the first time (Rombouts/Van Lerius 1872/1961)
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Subjects
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 (as a genre), portrait, animal painting (genre), mythology, fruit piece
in 1657 the Amsterdam art-dealer De Renialme possessed ' a painting with fruit by Willeboirts. ('een schilderij met fruyten door Wilbort' ) This could possibly be a painting in collaboration with another painter, just like RKDImages 45212 (Willeboirts and De Heem) (Willigen/Meijer 2003)
Medium/technique
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-02-01; Last modified date: 2020-10-01

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