Abraham de Graef or Grapheus made himself useful as a factotum with the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke. Maerten de Vos, Jacques Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck immortalised his weather-beaten face in several portraits. In this particular one, he is seen as an older man, hung about with an assortment of silver breastplates or breuken (ornamental chains with silver plates) featuring guild symbols. The goblet in Grapheus' hand is likely to be the cup that prominent families presented to the guild in 1549. The chalice to the extreme right on the table - crowned with the figure of Pictura, the personification of the art of painting - was designed in 1612 by Sebastiaan Vrancx, but did not survive the French Revolution.


  • Title: Portrait of Abraham Grapheus
  • Creator: Cornelis de Vos
  • Location: (Hulst 1584 - Antwerp 1651)

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