Hendrick van Balen (1575 - 1632)

Flemish Baroque painter and stained glass designer

Overview | Works (26)

Hendrick van Balen entered the St. Luke's Guild in Antwerp in 1592. Sometime before 1602 he apparently made a trip to Italy, where he probably met the German painter Hans Rottenhammer. Back in Antwerp, he married in 1605 and became a respected artist. He owned a large house and served as dean of the guild in 1609-10. Around 1613 he traveled on a diplomatic mission to the northern Netherlands in the company of Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder. Van Balen's studio was one of the largest in Antwerp, and among his many pupils were Anthony van Dyck and Frans Snyders. Van Balen frequently worked together with Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Books on Hendrick van Balen

 Jan Nicolaisen
Niederländische Malerei, 1430-1800, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig
Leipzig, 2012

 Pieter J.J. van Thiel, C.J. de Bruyn Kops, Jola Cleveringa, Wouter Kloek, Annemarie Vels Heijn
All the paintings of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, A completely illustrated catalogue
Amsterdam; Maarssen, 1976

Articles on Hendrick van Balen
Ingrid Jost, Hendrick van Balen d.Ä., in J. Bruyn, H.L.C. Jaffé, E.F. van der Grinten, S.H. Levie (eds.), Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 14, Bussum, 1963, pp 83-128

Born:   1575
   Antwerp, Belgium
Died:   17 July 1632
   Antwerp, Belgium
ULAN:   500008470
VIAF:   51983517