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oil on copper
35.6 × 55.9 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.c.: J. BRVEGHEL.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1959
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Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Jan Brueghel I, along with his friend Rubens, was one of the most important Flemish painters of the early seventeenth century. He distinguished himself from his famous father (Pieter ‘the elder’) and brother (Pieter ‘the younger’) with small-scale, densely populated landscapes with minutely rendered foliage, which were unprecedented in Flemish Baroque art. Many of these were painted on thin panels of smooth copper, a surface that enhanced the enamelled effect of oil colours and fine brushstrokes. Brueghel was one of the most talented painters ever to work on copper. His jewel-like paintings were so admired that he often repeated subjects to meet demand.