Insects with Creeping Thistle and Borage

Often produced as pendants, Jan van Kessel’s detailed depictions of insects, flowers and plants were sought after by collectors. They should be seen in the context of cabinets of curiosities. Van Kessel belonged to a famous dynasty of painters and is indebted in style and technique to his grandfather, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and his uncles, Jan Brueghel the Younger, and David Teniers the Younger.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
Butterflies, Moths and Insects with Sprays of Creeping Thistle and Borage
Date made
1654
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
11.8 × 14.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017
Inventory number
NG6667
Location in Gallery