BRAY, de, Dutch family of artists

Salomon de Bray was the son of Simon de Bray, who moved to Holland from Aelst in the Catholic southern Netherlands. Salomon was a man of versatile talents, with interests ranging from painting to poetry and urban planning. He married in 1625 and three of his sons became artists: Jan de Bray, Dirck de Bray, an engraver and painter, and Joseph de Bray, a painter of still-lifes. Jan de Bray's Banquet of Anthony and Cleopatra (1669; Manchester, NH, Currier Gallery of Art) is generally thought to depict his parents as Anthony and Cleopatra and himself and his siblings as their attendants. During the plague epidemic in Haarlem in 1664, Salomon de Bray, two of his sons and two daughters died.

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