FRANS VAN EVERBROECK
(active in Antwerp and Amsterdam circa 1638 - after 1671)
GARLAND OF FRUIT SURROUNDING A STONE CARTOUCHE WITH ST. JOSEPH HOLDING THE CHRIST CHILD
signed and dated lower left on stone table: F Everbroeck 1667
oil on canvas
65¾ by 49¼ in.; 167 by 125 cm.
U. Thieme and F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Kunstler, Leipzig 1907-1910, vol. XI, p. 106.
Van Everbroeck seems to have painted elaborate flower garlands like the present with an open center, allowing for another artist to add a religious image or portrait to suit a patron. Here, the stone cartouche with St. Joseph and the Christ Child appears to be the work of another hand. The effect is of an altar adorned with flowers, and the trompe-l'oeil qualities are heightened by Van Everbroeck's inclusion of a beetle and butterfly resting on the stone ledge.