Frans Pietersz de Grebber

Schutterij, Haarlem, 1619

Frans Pietersz de Grebber (1573ca.1649) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Life and career

Blazoen of Trou Moet Blycken painted from a design by Goltzius

De Grebber was born and died in Haarlem. According to van Mander he was a good painter of landscapes and portraits, who designed tapestries and had been a pupil of Jacob Savery.[1] According to Houbraken he had two children who were notable painters; Pieter de Grebber, who outshone his father, and Maria de Grebber, who was good with buildings and perspective.[2]

According to the RKD he became a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke around 1600 and remained an important citizen in Haarlem until his death.[3] Besides his children, he taught the painters Vincent Casteleyn, Peter Lely, Judith Leyster, and Pieter Saenredam.[3]

According to the archives of the Haarlem chamber of rhetoric called Trouw moet Blycken, he painted their best blazoen from a design by Goltzius.[4]


  1. (Dutch) Frans Pietersz. Grobber in Karel van Mander's Schilderboeck, 1604, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. (Dutch) Frans Pietersz de Grebber in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. 1 2 Frans Pietersz de Grebber in the RKD
  4. Inventory by Jhr. O. van Lennep available on the Trou Moet Blycken website
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