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Jan Cossiers

Jan Cossiers was an assistant of Rubens. In the second half of the 17th century, he became one of Antwerp’s most important masters. Typical of Cossiers are his delicate, lifelike portraits.

The painting now on display in the Rubens House is a good example of this. The young man’s left hand, which is resting securely on his waist, gives a self-assured and dignified impression. Cossiers’ work is strongly influenced by Carravagio. In this portrait, he carefully plays with light and shadow.



  • Jan Cossiers (1600-1671)
  • Portrait of a gentleman
  • Oil on panel, approx. 1620
  • Temporary loan, private collection, Antwerp