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(b Antwerp, 3 Dec. 1590; d Antwerp, 2 Nov. 1661). The leading Flemish flower painter of his generation. He was a pupil of Jan Brueghel and was enrolled in the Antwerp painters' guild in 1611. In 1614 he became a Jesuit lay brother and in 1625 was ordained a priest. After spending two years at Jesuit headquarters in Rome he returned to Antwerp in 1627 and lived there for the rest of his life, working at his monastery; the words ‘Society of Jesus’ usually follow his signature on his paintings.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)