This work is derived from a painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hendrik van Balen of slightly larger size in the Galleria Doria Pamphilij, Rome.1 A copy of the same composition by Jan Brueghel the Younger in collaboration with Hendrik van Balen is in the Musée des Beaux Arts, Lyon.2 The paintings in the Doria Pamphilij and in the Musée des Beaux Arts are respectively part of a set of four paintings depicting the elements. This and similar compositions originating with Jan Brueghel the Elder were hugely popular in the 17th Century, and many versions were produced by Jan Brueghel's workshop.
1. See K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel Der Ältere, Cologne 1979, p. 599, cat. no. 248, reproduced p. 370, fig. 439.
2. See K. Ertz, Jan Breughel the Younger, Freren 1984, pp. 357-8, cat. no. 193, reproduced p. 360.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale