BRUEGHEL, Abraham
(b. 1631, Antwerpen, d. 1697, Napoli)

Biography

Flemish painter, part of a famous family of artists. He was the son of Jan Brueghel the Younger, the grandson of Jan Brueghel the Elder and the great-grandson of Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

His early artistic training came from his father. In 1649, at the age of 18, he went to Italy to serve under commission for Prince Antonio Ruffio of Sicily. It was the first of many commissions in which Abraham demonstrated his artistic abilities in drawing still-lifes, especially flowers. He was in Rome by 1659 and subsequently spent the rest of his life in Italy. He married to an Italian woman in 1660. Between 1671 and 1674 Brueghel lived in via Ripetta with his family and during the same period he is recorded as a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. He specialised in painting still-lifes, in which other leading Roman painters contributed the figures: Baciccio (Giovanni Battista Gaulli), Giacinto Brandi, Guillaume Courtois, Bernard Keilhau and Luca Giordano were amongst those who worked with him.

In 1674 Abraham moved to Naples, Italy, where he remained until his death there in 1690.