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Daniel Seghers

(1590-1661)



 
            Daniel Seghers was born in Antwerp in 1590. He was a pupil of Jan Brueghel the Elder and joined the St. Lukas Guild of Antwerp in 1611. On December 10, 1614 he became a lay brother of the Jesuit order and took his vows in Brussels in 1625. After Seghers joined a monastery, he worked for high-ranking rulers, whom he was allowed to receive there. He got commissions from numerous European princes, such as Prince Frederick Henry of Orange and Nassau, who repeatedly sent him gifts. He was visited in his studio by potentates such as Charles I and Charles II of England, and the Archdukes Ferdinand and Leopold Wilhelm.
            Seghers specialized in painting garlands of flowers to frame religious scenes. This style can be traced back to the Madonna in a Floral Wreath, by Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. But unlike the mentioned painting, Seghers paid more attention to a flower motif, trying to recover their spiritual symbolism, and religious scenes served to him as a background.
Seghers was famous far beyond the borders of his country. He received a large number of commissions, was also renowned as a landscape artist and exerted a lasting influence on a large number of pupils.
            Artist died in Antwerp in 1661.

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