Abraham Brueghel (1631–1690) was a Flemish
painter from the famous family of artists. He was the son of Jan
Brueghel the Younger, the grandson of Jan Brueghel the Elder and the
great-grandson of Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Abraham was born in Antwerp, where he
spent most of his youth. Much of his artistic training came from his
father, Jan Brueghel the Younger. Abraham showed great promise as an
artist from an early age, and started to make a name for himself in
his teenage years.
In 1649, at the age of 18, Abraham
went to Italy to serve under commission for Prince Antonio Ruffo in
Sicily. It was the first of many commissions in which Abraham
demonstrated his artistic abilities in drawing floral still lifes.
He became a member of the Bentvueghels with the nickname Ryngraaf,
which is how he signed the bentbrief of Abraham Genoels II.
Ten years later, in 1659, Brueghel
moved to Rome, Italy and married an Italian woman less than a year
later. He continued painting portraits of objects in nature, and in
1670 he was invited into the Accademia di San Luca, a Roman academy
designated for giving a higher level of education for artists.
A year later, Abraham moved to
Naples, Italy, where he remained until his death in 1690.