Justus van Egmont

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Justus van Egmont (Leiden, 22 September 1601 – Antwerp, 8 January 1674) was a Dutch Golden Age painter and designer of tapestry.


Justus van Egmont moved to Antwerp at age 14 with his family where he became apprenticed to the painter Gaspar van den Hoecke (ca. 1585 - ca 1648). In 1618, three years later, he undertook a Grand Tour to Italy in the manner of other artists of his day. This was considered a necessary rite of passage for artists after Karel van Mander published his Schilderboeck in 1604.


From 1620 to 1628 he worked in the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, where he was involved with the series of paintings of The life of Maria de Medici. This is probably the reason he was known to Arnold Houbraken as a history painter.[1][2] In 1628 he became deacon of the Guild of St. Luke in Antwerp, but moved to Paris, where he became the court painter for the House of Orléans.[3] He also worked there in the workshop of Simon Vouet (1590–1649) as a tapestry designer. After the peace treaty that ended the 80 years war, van Egmont helped to form the Parisian Académie de peinture et de sculpture, modelled on the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In 1649 he moved to Brussels where he designed various tapestries and eventually moved back to Antwerp.


  1. ^ Het Gulden Cabinet, p 251
  2. ^ Justus van Egmont biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ Justus van Egmont in the RKD
  • Adina Balog, Beroemde vrouwen in de Brusselse wandtapijtkunst rond 1660. Cleopatra en Zenobia, lic. verh., Leuven, 2006.