THE RUBENS FACTORY
Pieter Paul Rubens had many pupils who had been specialising in painting backgrounds, costumes, fruit and elements in his works as a result of his demanding activity as a diplomat attached to the Spanish king. Some of his aides were Jan Fyt, Paul de Vos, Peter Snyders or Lucas van Linden.
Rubens himself copied many Italian masters during his first trip to Italy. He was notably a talented imitator of Michelangelo, Raphael, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Cambiaso. He also made copies of his own works with the help of attendants. On the other side Ciro Ferri, a gifted imitator of Rubens, reputedly produced some
3 000 copies or fakes during his career.
Luca Cambiaso was also the victim of many forgers but he himself was a keen imitator of Raphael and Giulio Romano.
Caspar de Krayer produced paintings with the help of de Vadder and
L. Achtochellings the Younger while Lucas Van Uden was David Teniers' close aide.
Van Thulden added figures in paintings by Snyders and Jos de Momper while Erasmus Quellinus, a friend and disciple of Rubens, painted figures in the works of Seghers and Van Thielen and copied works by Jordaens. Mytens or Abraham Diepenbeeck copied Rubens whose main aides were Cornelis, Paul and Simon de Vos. One can therefore note that Rubens had left his mark over many painters during the 17th Century.
Jan Brueghel painted landscapes and flowers while Jan Wildens painted backgrounds and trees in many paintings by Rubens. Certain paintings by Paul de Vos or Jan Fyt representing dogs have also been attributed to Snyders. Jan Fyt was on his part much copied by Frans Werner von Tamm.
J. van Sandrart, Jacques Moermans, Willem Panneels, Frans Wouters, Schafteleven, Boeckhorst, Boeyerman, Gonzales Coques, J. Cossiers, Lucas Franchoys, Peter Strudel, Jacques Fouquières, J. van der Hoecke, P. van Heysebetten, Cornelis Schut, Antonis Sallaert, Pieter Thys, J. Thomas,
P. Verhulst, Thomas Willeborts and V. Wolfvoet, who all worked for Rubens, also copied many works by this master who reputedly produced 3000 paintings, an unbelievable number in fact since he travelled a lot during his lifetime, notably for his diplomatic missions.