Peeter Sion – The family of the carpenter –
Peeter Sion or Peter Sion (c. 1620 – 21 August 1695) was a Flemish painter of landscapes, history paintings and genre scenes. His work was mainly produced for the export market and dealt with biblical stories.
Little is known about the life of Peeter Sion. He is believed to have been born in Antwerp between 1615 and 1625. He was registered at the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp as a pupil of Frans van Lanckvelt (Francos Lanckveeldt) in the guild year 1636-1637.
The artist is known to have worked in Antwerp for the Forchondt workshop, one of the most important exporters of Flemish art to all corners of Europe. Many of the works produced in the Forchondt workshop, including those of Peeter Sion, used copper as the support. This made it easier to export them from Antwerp to Spain where Forchondt had a trading post. From Seville a portion of the artworks where shipped to south America.
He married Catharina Coppens and they had one daughter called Maria-Catharina.
He died in Antwerp on 21 August 1695.