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Attributed to school of Brueghel, Jan, the elder (Flemish painter, draftsman, 1568-1625) , The Holy Family in a Wooded Landscape

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Title The Holy Family in a Wooded Landscape
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to school of Brueghel, Jan, the elder (Flemish painter, draftsman, 1568-1625)
Attributed to Avont, Peeter van (Flemish painter, draftsman, and printmaker, 1600-1652)
Previously attributed to Balen, Hendrik van, I (Flemish painter, 1575-1632)
Previously attributed to Uden, Lucas van (Flemish painter, draftsman and printmaker, 1595-1672)
Date Earliest about 1622
Date Latest probably 1632
Description The Virgin, in red and blue, sits on a rock centrally with the Christ child on her knee while supporting Him with her left arm as He suckles at her left breast. To the Virgin's left the infant John the Baptist stands and proffers a fruit to the Child. Five winged cherubs are assembled across the foreground, one of whom seems about to pick lilies growing in a basket of flowers on the left, a second carries a reed cross and three others attend to a lamb. Behind the Virgin sits Joseph reading from a book held open in his right hand. The background is of trees and to the left are a flowering bush, a basket of flowers, a floral urn and a floral wreath that lies at the Virgin's feet.
Current Accession Number 35
Former Accession Number 56 (1855)
Subject landscape; figure; religion (Holy Family)
Measurements 38.6 x 99.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Publications McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 5, no. 56, as by H. van Balen, landscape by L. van Uden; Waagen, G., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 459; Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, p. 18, no. 35, II, p. 11.
Notes Miles 1961: 'the landscape and figures are perhaps by the same hand; the flowers have been added by another, in the following of Jan Brueghel I'. Main figural group is based on a Holy Family by Rubens, Devonshire collection, Chatsworth; composition is related to signed picture of same subject by van Avont in Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (1938 catalogue, no. 993).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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