Flemish painter. He was the son of Elisabeth Yselstein and Willem Govaerts, a dealer in second-hand clothes and paintings. He was admitted as a master to the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1607-08. In 1609 he bought two houses on the St Jansstraat next to his parents home. On 9 February 1622 he married Isabella Gillis; they had two daughters. He trained a number of painters: Hans Groenrijs (1617), Andries van den Bogaerde (1619-20), Niclaes Aertsen, Gysbrecht van den Berch and Frans Snyders
(the last three from 1623 to 1624). He collaborated with Frans Francken II.
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