Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, 1671 - Optical illusion. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio - fine art print

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Artwork information as provided from Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) website (© Copyright - by Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark) - Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark))

There’s a lot we don’t know about Gijsbrechts.

We don’t know when he was born or when he died, neither do we know anything about his familial relations or his educational background. We don’t know which town he came from, but Antwerp is the most likely.

It describes Gijsbrechts as an artist In the help of paintings, painter's tools and a flower-patterned table-cover in the artist's studio, Gijsbrechts describes himself as an artist, the way he wishes to be known to the world.

A picture in the picture He is not physically present in the picture, but then again, in a way he is. Because actually, he is in there as a discreet but also insisting presence, who observes us from a small portrait, nailed onto the back wall of the studio. From a picture in the picture.

Self portrait We don’t know of any traditional self portraits from Gijsbrechts’ hand, but similar portraits can be seen in other paintings of his studio, so we know with relative certainty that the portrait is of Gifsbrechts. With this self portrait, Gijsbrechts points out that this studio painting is about himself and not any other artist.

Alive and kicking The reference to himself is substantiated by the note on the shelf below the portrait, addressed to “den kongelige konterfejer Gijsbrechts i København” (Royal Portrait Painter Gijsbrechts in Copenhagen): “Monsieur/Mons Cornelius Gijsbrechts/Contervijer v. Ihr Königl/Mayt von Dannemarck/Copenhagen”.

In this way he also drives home the message that he’s a court painter. Furthermore, the dripping paint on the hanging palette indicates that the artist is close by and actively creating. So even if he isn’t physically present in the painting, there’s no doubt that the artist is alive and kicking.


In 1671 the Belgian painter Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts painted this piece of art Optical illusion. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio. Today, this artwork is included in the digital collection of Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), which is the largest museum of fine arts in Denmark and is attached to the Danish Ministry of Culture.. With courtesy of - National Gallery of Denmark (public domain license).Creditline of the artwork: . What is more, the alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format with an aspect ratio of 3 : 2, which means that the length is 50% longer than the width.

Materials you can pick

For every fine art print we offer a range of different sizes & materials. You can choose among the following product customization options:

  • Poster (canvas material): The Artprinta poster print is a printed sheet of flat canvas with a slightly roughened surface structure. The poster is particularly suited for putting your art copy using a personal frame. Please bear in mind, that depending on the size of the poster print we add a white margin 2-6cm around the artwork in order to facilitate the framing with a custom frame.
  • Print on glossy acrylic glass (with real glass coating): A glossy acrylic glass print, often denoted as a print on plexiglass, will turn your favorite artwork into brilliant décor. Your own version of the work of art is printed with the help of modern UV direct print machines. This has the effect of impressive and rich colors. The major upside of a plexiglass print is that sharp contrasts and also image details will be more identifiable with the help of the subtle gradation in the print. The plexiglass with real glass coating protects your custom fine art print against sunlight and external influences for many years to come.
  • Canvas: The printed canvas mounted on a wood frame. It creates the exclusive look of three dimensionality. Canvas prints are relatively low in weight, which means that it is easy and straightforward to hang up the Canvas print without the support of any wall-mounts. That is why, a canvas print is suited for all kinds of walls.
  • Aluminium dibond print: This is a metal print made on alu dibond material with an impressive depth effect. A non-reflective surface structure creates a contemporary impression. This UV print on aluminium is the most popular entry-level product and is an extremely sophisticated way to showcase art reproductions, as it puts all of the viewer’s focus on the replica of the artwork.

Brief overview of the artist

Name of the artist: Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts
Gender: male
Artist nationality: Belgian
Jobs: painter
Country of the artist: Belgium
Classification of the artist: old master

Artpiece details

Title of the work of art: "Optical illusion. A Cabinet in the Artist's Studio"
Classification of the artwork: painting
Generic term: classic art
Artwork century: 17th century
Created in the year: 1671
Approximate age of artwork: around 340 years old
Museum: Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)
Museum location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Web URL:
License of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Denmark

Product specs

Print prodct: art reproduction
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Production technique: UV print / digital printing
Origin of the product: manufactured in Germany
Type of stock: on demand production
Intended usage: home design, wall decoration
Artwork alignment: landscape format
Image aspect ratio: length to width 3 : 2
Meaning: the length is 50% longer than the width
Available reproduction fabrics: poster print (canvas paper), canvas print, metal print (aluminium dibond), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating)
Canvas on stretcher frame (canvas print) variants: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31", 150x100cm - 59x39"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31", 150x100cm - 59x39"
Poster print (canvas paper) size variants: 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) size options: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Framing of the art reproduction: without frame

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