(bapt. Antwerp, 17 Mar. 1591; d Antwerp, 18 Mar. 1651). Flemish painter of religious subjects, active mainly in Antwerp, where he is said to have been taught by Janssen. He probably spent most of the second decade of the 17th century in Italy (he evidently also visited Spain during this time) and he became one of the very few noteworthy Flemish Caravaggesque artists. By the late 1620s, however, he had fallen under the all-pervasive influence of Rubens (Assumption of the Virgin, 1629, Mus. de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble). Seghers enjoyed a successful career supplying altarpieces for churches in Antwerp and other Flemish cities, and he was also an international art dealer.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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