(bapt Brussels, 12 Oct 1613; d between 26 April and 17 June 1686).
Flemish painter, draughtsman and collector. He was apprenticed to
Jan Mertens on 11 January 1625 and became a master in the Brussels
painters’ guild on 3 May 1634. On 10 July 1636 he married Marie
Sampels, who bore him eight children. Besides his son Jan Baptist
d’Arthois (b 1638) and his brother Nicolaes d’Arthois (b 1617),
Jacques had six pupils; one of them, Cornelis van Empel, came from
Mechelen, indicating that d’Arthois’s fame extended beyond his
native city. He was made chartered tapestry cartoon designer of the
city of Brussels in 1655. At the time of his death he owned several
houses and a substantial paintings collection, though an expansive
lifestyle had left him severely in debt.
Landscape with the Return of the Holy Family from
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