The Property of a Private Collector
Jan Breughel the Younger
Antwerp 1601 - 1678
An Allegory of War
signed lower right: i. Breughel
oil on copper
unframed: 77.7 x 98 cm.; 30 5/8 x 38 5/8 in.
framed: 99.1 x 119 cm.; 39 x 46 7/8 in.
The copper plate is set within a cradled panel. The paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There are numerous small losses around all four margins, and some diagonal superficial scratches visible in the centre of the sky. Inspection under ultraviolet light is almost entirely impeded by the milky varnish but there do appear to be old areas of retouching scattered through the sky, including to a horizontal line in the upper left corner approx. 20 cm. long, an area in the clouds below this 1 x 3 cm., and to a small L-shaped scratch in the ruined arch 2 cm. long. It is also possible to see with the naked eye a small restoration to a damage just below the hare lower centre, and a couple of areas in the base of the wall on the right. Overall the painting appears to be in fairly good condition but more would be revealed by cleaning.
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This copper forms part of a group of similar subjects painted by Jan Brueghel the Younger during the 1640s. These include, for example, an Allegory of Power and Justice of 1647 in a private collection,1 and a signed but undated variant of the present composition, with differences in the figures and some of the foreground animals, sold London, Sotheby’s, 7 July 2005, lot 104. As Ertz has observed, Brueghel’s production of martial scenes of this type and date may well have been in anticipation of the impending end of the Eighty Years War in 1648.
1 Ertz 1984, pp. 384-5, cat. no. 220, reproduced.