Balthasar van Cortbemde
Balthasar van Cortbemde was born in Antwerp as a son of the art dealer Philips van Cortbemde and Catharine Verluyt.
He was registered as a pupil of Jan Blanckaert in 1626. He became a master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1631. On 26 March 1637 he married Ursula van Hoecke, the sister of the painter Jan van den Hoecke. The couple has six children.
He received various pupils including Ingenacieus de Raet, Gloyde Verhyen, Francoys van Nuffelen, Gilam van Hoecke, Jonas Aerck and Francis Peeters.
Balthasar van Cortbemde is only known for one painting, The Good Samaritan dated 1647 (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp). The work was executed for the Corporation of Surgeons of Antwerp. It depicts a scene from the biblical Parable of the Good Samaritan. It shows the Samaritan traveler who has descended from his horse and is nursing the wounds of a man who was injured by robbers. According to the parable a Levite and priest had also passed the injured man without helping him. The painting shows the Levite on the left behind a tree and a little more in the distance the priest reading a book. This work shows that the artist was a talented artist.
- Name variations: Balthasar Cortbemde, Balthasar Curtbemde, Balthasar van Curtbemde
- Balthasar van Cortbemde (I) at The Netherlands Institute for Art History (in Dutch)
- Peter van Cortbemde in: Frans Jozef Peter Van den Branden, Geschiedenis der Antwerpsche schilderschool, Antwerpen, 1883, p. 915-916 (in Dutch)
- De liggeren en andere historische archieven der Antwerpsche sint Lucasgilde Volume 2, by Ph. Rombouts and Th. van Lerius, Antwerp, 1864, pp. 28, 30, 124, 125, 252 (in Dutch)
- Beatrijs Wolters van der Wey, A New Attribution for the Antwerp Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Joannes van Buyten, in: Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, Volume 1: Issue 2 (2009)
- Balthasar van Cortbemde, De barmhartige Samaritaan at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (in Dutch)
- Media related to Balthasar van Cortbemde at Wikimedia Commons