Frans Pourbus the Elder

1545 - 1581

The artist was the son of the painter Pieter Pourbus (1523/4-1584 and would have trained with him in Bruges. He then went to Antwerp where he worked with Frans Floris. His religious pictures were commissioned by patrons outside Antwerp. After 1577 he seems to have specialised increasingly in portraiture, possibly because of sincere Calvinist beliefs.