Jan Gaspard Gevaerts or Gevartius (1593 - 1666) is looking out at the viewer from his study. He studied law at Leuven and was known as a philologist, neo-Latin poet and historiographer. Among his writings was an unpublished commentary on the Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius, whose bust we see on the desk. Gevartius was town clerk of Antwerp from 1621 to 1662. In that position, he was responsible for the organisation of official ceremonies, such as the Joyous Entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand in 1635, and was a close friend of Peter Paul Rubens. Moreover, he undertook the classical education of Rubens' oldest son Albert and devised the Latin epitaph for the artist's tomb in the Church of St. James.