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Pauwels Casteels

Satyr and Bacchus surrounded by a flower garland

Pauwels Casteels

Pauwels Casteels

Satyr and Bacchus surrounded by a flower garland

Satyr and Bacchus surrounded by a flower garland

Pauwels Casteels

Active in Antwerp, circa 1649 - 1677

Satyr and Bacchus surrounded by a flower garland


oil on panel

panel: 23 ¾ by 18 ⅝ in.; 60.3 by 47.3 cm.

framed: 27 ¼ by 22 ¼ in.; 69.2 by 56.5 cm.

The panel is very thin, consists of 3 planks joined vertically, and is uncradled and stable with a very slight convex bow. The image reads well beneath clear varnish with 2 small areas of loss/abrasion at the upper left and left center. The panel joins are visible to the naked eye but not distracting. A horizontal line of retouching through the cartouche is slightly discolored but again not distracting. Under UV inspection, the varnish is streaky and impedes almost all inspection, though recent retouching to address 2 vertical cracks on the right side and retouching in the upper right corner is visible. The painting can hang in its present condition. Offered in a decoratively carved, thin giltwood frame.


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Pauwels Casteels was active in Antwerp in the mid-seventeenth century, and was admitted to the St. Luke's Guild there in 1649. He was best known for battle scenes and history paintings, and his mythological scenes tended to include bacchanalia, which may explain the unusual inclusion of Bacchus and a satyr within a flower garland. Casteels may have painted the flowers himself, or, as was more common in the period, he likely collaborated with a still life specialist, who for now remains anonymous.