"The Holy Family with Infant John: Workshop of Peter van Avont and Jan Brueghel the Younger"

Jan Brueghel the Younger


"Святая Семья с Младенцем Иоанном: мастерская Питера ван Авонта и Яна Брейгеля Младшего"

(1601 Antwerp - 1678 ibid.) and workshop, as well as Pieter van Avont (1600 Mechelen - 1652 Antwerp) Landscape with Rest on the Flight to Egypt, depiction of the Holy Family with the Infant John, angels, and the Lamb in an idyllic, tree-lined Flemish landscape on the banks of a river. The Holy Family sits beneath an apple tree, from which two angels pluck fruits to be eagerly desired by John, or rather, by a third angel who hands them to the reading Joseph; on the left side of the image, a lamb (of God) led by an angel already alludes to the later Passion. Behind the Holy Family, roses grow, along with rose stems lying on the ground, blooming tulips, and stock roses, which are depicted as flowers with partly deep, symbolic content. The finely executed painting belongs to a larger series of paintings depicting the Holy Family in landscapes by Jan Brueghel the Younger. The figures are likely to be by Pieter van Avont (1600 Mechelen - 1652 Antwerp), who also collaborated intensively with Brueghel, as did the older Hendrick van Balen (1573/75 - 1632). Several comparable compositions with the Holy Family, the Infant John, angels, and the Lamb by Pieter van Avont can be found in the database of the RKD in The Hague. Oil/copper plate, old attachment on a wooden panel. Verso old inscription: "(...) Eden" and old label with handwritten inscription: "Bought at Madrid June 1830". 55.6 cm x 72.4 cm. Frame. The painting has been included multiple times in hanging plans in Windlestone Hall or inventories since the 19th century (see provenance) as a work by Jan Brueghel the Elder, with the figures by another hand. Provenance: Acquired in Madrid in June 1830 by Sir William Eden, 6th Bt of West Auckland and 4th Bt of Maryland (1803-1873), Windlestone Hall, County Durham, according to a label on the reverse; thence by descent to Lord John Eden, 9th Bt of West Auckland and 7th Bt of Maryland, Baron Eden of Winton (1925-2020); auction "Old Masters Day Sale" at Sotheby's, London, 2-8 July 2021, Lot 125 ("Property from the Collection of the Late Baron Eden of Winton"). Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601-1678) and studio, the figures most probably by Pieter van Avont (1600-1652). Oil on copper, velcroed onto panel. Provenance: Acquired in Madrid in 1830 by Sir William Eden, 6th Bt of West Auckland and 4th Bt of Maryland (1803-1873), Windlestone Hall, County Durham (according to a label on the reverse); then by descent to John Eden, 9th Bt of West Auckland and 7th Bt of Maryland, Baron Eden of Winton (1925-2020).

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Author Jan Brueghel the Younger

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