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.
1626 - 1679
Butterflies, Moths and Insects with Sprays of Creeping Thistle and Borage
Medium and support
Oil on wood
11.8 × 14.7 cm
Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017
Location in Gallery