Ryckaert family

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The Flemish Ryckaert or Rijckaert family of Antwerp produced several painters during the late sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries.

  • David Ryckaert I, 1560 – 1607. Little is known of his career. Two of his sons by his wife Catherine Rem were professional painters.
  • David Ryckaert II, 1586 – 1642; eldest son of David I. He was one of the pioneers of still life painting in Flanders.
  • Martin Ryckaert, 1587 – 1631; second son of David I. Anthony van Dyck painted portraits of both brothers, David II and Martin.
  • David Ryckaert III, 1612 – 1661; son of David II, grandson of David I, nephew of Martin. He was a prominent genre painter.


  • Mcfall, Haldane. A History of Painting. D. D. Nickerson, 1911; reprinted Whitefish, MT, Kessinger Publishing, 2004.
  • Van Haute, Bernadette. David III Ryckaert: A Seventeenth-Century Flemish Painter of Peasant Scenes. Turnhout, Brepols, 2000.