Cornelis de Vos joined the guild of Saint Luke in 1608 at the age of twenty-four, later serving as its dean in 1628. When he became a citizen of Antwerp in 1616 he listed his occupation as an art dealer. He painted mythological, biblical and historical scenes, still lifes and, in the late 1620s, some monumental genre paintings.
His style takes after that of Anthony van Dyck and, to a lesser degree, Peter Paul Rubens. De Vos worked as a collaborator with Rubens. De Vos' two paintings joined the 13 paintings made by these other painters in Antwerp's church of St. Paul where they were to flank Caravaggio's Madonna of the Rosary. While de Vos' joint efforts with Rubens on projects in the 1630s show up not to have affected his style, they influenced his method.
In 1635, Cornelis de Vos assisted Rubens on the joyous entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand, a project for which he painted twelve royal portraits to Rubens's designs. Between 1636 and 1638 he worked again for Rubens, along with his brother Paul in decorating the Torre de la Parada, a hunting lodge of Philip IV near Madrid.
While Cornelis de Vos was one of Antwerp's leading portrait painters in the first half of the seventeenth century, he was also a sought-after painter of history pieces. In particular after 1635, de Vos, a successful art dealer, likely understood the developing interest for history paintings in the local and international market.and started painting more diverse subjects in history paintings while his portrait paintings declined. In output
Cornelis de Vos often collaborated with colleagues as was common in Antwerp at the time: he painted the human and animal figures depicted in a scene of Frans Snyders and in return Snyders and his brother Paul painted the fruit, animals, silver plate and armor in his own work.
Art Movement: Baroque.
Artists Influencing Cornelis de Vos: David Remeeus, Paul Rubens.
He Traveled To France, Spain.
Painters Cornelis de Vos Influenced: Jan Cossiers, Alexander Daemps, Simon de Vos.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.