VOS, Flemish family of painters

The family, who moved from Hulst to Antwerp in 1596, must have come from a strong artistic background. Three brothers, Cornelis de Vos, Jan de Vos (c. 1588-1627) and Paul de Vos, became painters, beginning their training as apprentices to the relatively unimportant Antwerp painter and guilder David Remeeus (1559-1626) in 1599, 1601 and 1605 respectively. In 1611 their eldest sister Margaretha married Frans Snyders, the animal painter and assistant of Rubens. Cornelis also married into an artistic family, wedding Susanna Cock in 1617, a half-sister of the landscape painter Jan Wildens. Of their six children, one son, Jan-Baptist de Vos (1619-79), trained as a painter under his father. Simon de Vos, another pupil of Cornelis, seems not to have been related to the family.

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