Born in Germany, Wilhelm van Ehrenberg was an architectural specialist. In his paintings he created fantastic Renaissance palaces and churches that reflect his interest in the stage, for his designs often evoke theatrical sets and use dramatic light effects. Van Ehrenberg also depicted private collectors' art galleries. In 1662 he is recorded as belonging to the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp, the city where he remained for the rest of his life. Most of van Ehrenberg's pictures were painted between 1660 and 1670, and they were usually collaborations; other artists added the figures or animals. Drawings illustrating a journey he made to Italy also survive.