Cornelius Johannes Adrianus Seghers (Danish, 1814-1869), Emperor Charles V in the Monastery, oil on canvas, signed ‘Cornelius Seghers’ lower left, 28-1/2″ x 36″
The Belgian painter and etcher Corneille-Jean-Adrien Seghers (Corneille Seghers) was born in Antwerp and began his training in his native city. In 1844 he moved to Schaarbeek (Brussels) to continue his career painting portraits and genre paintings. Possessing considerable talent, he had many wealthy patrons in Germany and Britain, as well as in the city of Brussels. Seghers also enjoyed tremendous success for his etchings, done in a style similar to Rembrandt.
In 1922, an important collection of 19th-century European paintings was transferred to the Hermitage from the Academy of Arts, including one of Seghers paintings, Lady and Gentleman (1857). Lady and Gentleman remains part of the Hermitage’s permanent collection.