Dirck de Bray

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Painting of "The Governors of the Guild of St. Luke" by Dirck's brother Jan de Bray, with a portrait of Dirck upper right.

Dirck de Bray (Haarlem, ca. 1635 – Goch, 1694) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


According to Houbraken he was a multi-talented son and pupil of the painter and architect Salomon de Bray.[1] He was known as a flower painter, but he could also sculpt.[1] He carved a wooden bust of his father's head, that Houbraken admired and used for his engraving of Salomon in his "Schouburg".[1] He became a monk in the Gaesdonck monastery near Goch.[1] He became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke in 1671.[2] Dirck was born into an artistic family. His brother Jan became a well-known painter, and his brother Joseph was also a painter, though he died young.[2] His sister Cornelia married Jan Lievens. His mother was Anna Westerbaen, the sister of the painter Jan Westerbaen, and the poet Jacob Westerbaen. He was a printmaker and painted flower- and hunting still lifes.[2] After 1678 he moved to the Gaesdonck monastery.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d (in Dutch) Dirck de Bray Biography[permanent dead link] in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b c d Dirck de Bray in the RKD

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