An Enigmatic Panel Maker from Antwerp and His Supply to the Brueghels

  • Wadum, J. (Lecturer)
  • Ingrid Moortgat (Lecturer)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


An enigmatic panel maker’s mark has been associated with a certain Guilliam Aertssen (GA). The GA monogram seems to appear on panel paintings from as early as 1565 and through the first decades of the 17th century. The present paper will describe the occurrence of the mark on panels by the Brueg(h)els, their contemporaries and followers, and will provide new chronologies of its occurrence and design. Illustrations will accompany the paper, which can be used as references for the identification of the more than five variations of the mark found over more than six decades.
New biographical research about the so-called ‘Aertssen’ panel maker(s) will be combined with the chronology of the GA-marks and will assist in clarifying Aertssen’s complex activities and the timeline of the GA-marks. Archival findings regarding Guilliam Aertssen’s relationship with art dealer Gaspar Antheunis will furthermore provide new insights in the panel making business and the trade in panels in the first decades of the 17th century.
Period14 Sept 2018
Event titleThe Bruegel Success Story : Symposium XXI for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting
Event typeConference
LocationBrussels, BelgiumShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational