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 Balen, Hendrik van, I (Flemish painter, 1575-1632) , An Allegorical Landscape: Autumn

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Title An Allegorical Landscape: Autumn
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Balen, Hendrik van, I (Flemish painter, 1575-1632)
Brueghel, Jan, the younger (Flemish painter and draftsman, 1601-1678)
Previously attributed to Rottenhammer, Hans, I (German painter, 1564-1625)
Date Earliest probably about 1625
Date Latest 1632
Description The background is forest but with a profusion of fruit and flowers growing and lying on the ground. There are two gaps in the trees. That on the left shows a distant hut and a hermit praying within while on the right dogs gather about a fallen stag. In centre foreground sits Proserpine, nude but with a cloth of rich design across her lap. Above her head winged putti hold up a cloth. To the left Ceres, clothed in yellow, kneels and offers a sheaf of corn as the infant Plutus kneels in front. To the right another attendant bears a basket of cabbages on her head while others collect the harvest from the trees and from the ground.
Current Accession Number 43
Former Accession Number 68 (1855)
Subject landscape; allegory (autumn); mythology (Ovid; Metamorphoses; Proserpine; Ceres; Plutus); figure
Measurements 73.6 x 114.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance J. Smith, dealer, London, 1 November 1839, bought by Archibald McLellan, 55.
Principal Exhibitions , Royal Academy, London, 1927, cat. no. 297, as by Jan Brueghel I, the figures possibly by van Balen.
Publications McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 6, no. 68, as by Bruegel and Rottenhammer (figures); Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, pp. 34-35, no. 43, II, p. 15, as attributed to Jan Brueghel II, figures by H. van Balen I; Ertz, E., Jan Brueghel die Juengere, Freren, 1984, p. 384, no. 219, pl. 46, as 1631/2; Werche, B., Hendrick van Balen (1575-1632), Turnhout, 2004, I, pp. 53-54, 172, 212, no. A187, as 1625/32, II, p. 453.
Notes From Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book V.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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