The student of Adam Van Noort, who maintained a very active workshop of thirty-two followers in Antwerp, in which Peter Paul Rubens had also worked. He got married to his teacher’s daughter, Catarina, who seems to have been his favourite model. He received numerous personal commissions, and enjoyed a close collaboration with his father-in-law and Rubens. He built a great fortune and a sizable personal collection of art. He died during the cholera epidemic in Antwerp, in 1678.
A painter of historical, mythological, allegorical, religious, and genre paintings, an aquarellist and an engraver, along with van Dyck and Rubens he is one of the greatest Flemish painters in the 17th century.