Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580-1662)

Because he was born to a Protestant family, Flemish painter and printmaker Adriaen van Stalbemt has no baptismal record. However, biographer Cornelius de Bie places his birthdate on June 12th, 1580. When he was five years old, Stalbemt’s family moved from Antwerp to Middleburg, where his formal training is believed to have taken place. Stalbemt returned to Antwerp in 1609. In 1610, he was admitted to the Guild of St. Luke, which he became dean of in 1617. Stalbemt married Barbara Verdelft on May 5th, 1613. The couple had one daughter who died in her youth.

Known for his ability in painting landscapes, staffage, and animals, Stalbemt is regarded as one of the more skilled imitators of Jan Brueghel the Elder. He is recorded as having a student in 1616 by the name of Hans Mesmaeckers. In 1618, he collaborated with Pieter Brueghel the Younger on a painting of David Slaying Goliath. His movements have been traced to London where he stayed for about ten months in 1633 after being invited by King Charles I. There, he painted two landscapes with the king and Queen Henrietta Maria. He died on September 21st, 1662.