Abraham Van Diepenbeeck
(Antwerp 1596 - Den Bosch 1675 )
Our Lady of Sorrows surrounded by 2 Angels

Our drawing is related to an etching by Willem de Leeuw (in reverse) after Pieter Paul Rubens' Mater Dolorosa (R. Judson, CRLB, Part VI, The Passion of Christ, p. 160 nr. 42, plates128-130). It is unclear to Judson whether De Leeuw's engraving (and drawing attributed to him) was made after a lost painting, oil sketch or drawing by Rubens. In any case, the inscription (PP. Rubens Invent/Wleeuw fecit) betrays that the composition was designed by Rubens himself (Judson dates Rubens's design ca 1618-1620).
For stylistic reasons, we can attribute our drawing to Abraham Van Diepenbeeck, who was heavily involved in Ruben's studio.

38.8 x 28.7 cm (15 ¹/₄ x 11 ¹/₄ inches)
Black cray, 2 watermarks ( crowned double eagle and  "P"-monogram)
17th century


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Abraham Van Diepenbeeck