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Abraham Jansz. van Diepenbeeck (s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 1596 - 1675, Antwerp, Belgium)     


Design for a Title Page

Creation Date



16th-17th century


13 1/2 in. x 8 13/16 in. (34.3 cm. x 22.4 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Flemish

Medium and Support

pen and brown ink and black chalk on two sheets of paper

Credit Line

Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III


Public Domain

Accession Number

Diepenbeeck designed this title page for a compendium of laws and regulations of the County of Flanders, compiled by Laurens van den Hane and titled “Costumen van het Graefschap van Vlaenderen.” It was published in Antwerp and Ghent in 1674 with the title page engraved by Cornelis van Caukercken (1626--1680). With more than fifty title pages and book illustrations to his name, van Diepenbeeck catered to the needs of the thriving Antwerp publishing industry. Peter Paul Rubens (1577--1640) had set the example with elaborate title page designs that provided a visual synopsis of the book. Here, Flanders appears personified in the central figure, aided by Common Law on the left and Justice on the right. A putto working on a grindstone is explained with the banderole, “Dark and murky becomes light and clear.”

Keywords: design   interior   architecture   angels   allegory   work on paper   master drawing   figures (representations)  

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