Joos van Craesbeeck was a 17th century Flemish painter and baker. His family was full of bakers and artists.
The majority of the scenes he painted were of groups of people interacting in ordinary places with a strong emphasis on their facial expressions and high-contrast lighting.
Craesbeeck's The Temptation of St. Anthony truly stands out from the rest of his works in a powerful way. One can only speculate on what led Craesbeeck to paint a single work in the style of some of his more eccentric contemporaries.
A Man Surprised, 1630
The Smoker, 1635
Presumed to be a self portrait.
The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 1650
An endless horde of fiendish creatures descend on Saint Anthony. This painting is unlike any of his other surviving works.
Death is Fierce and Quick, 1648/1649?
A rare instance of Craesbeeck depicting a dark subject.