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Jan Brueghel II The Younger (1601; 1678) And Workshop. Vanity

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"Jan Brueghel II The Younger (1601; 1678) And Workshop. Vanity"
Jan Brueghel II the younger (1601; 1678) and workshop. Vanity

Oil on canvas re-lined 57.5 cm by 18 cm
Old frame 63.5 cm by 23.5 cm

This little jewel of finesse is a vanity All the elements of the composition illustrate the ephemeral nature of life on earth and its pleasures. The soap bubbles, the bouquet of flowers, the glasses, the painting with the child leaning on a skull, evoke the fragility and transience of earthly life. The monkey, richly dressed and wearing spectacles, the silverware, the jewels, the ebony cabinet illustrate the earthly pleasures, which are only vanity. The figure on the left, pointing to the sky, reminds the observer of what he should give importance to, it can be seen as an allegory of faith or truth. Noted that the painting in front of the little monkey is the painting by Caravaggio on display at the National Gallery in London, Supper at Emmaus.

Jan Brueghel II the Younger (1601; 1678)

He is the son of Jan Brueghel the Elder, grandson of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and nephew of Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Brueghel was born and died in the 17th century in Antwerp. He was trained by his father and spent his career producing work in a similar style. Around 1615, at the age of fourteen, he joined forces with his friend Antoine van Dyck, himself only sixteen years old, and they created their own workshop. Together with his brother Ambrosius he produced landscapes, allegorical scenes and other works of painstaking detail. Brueghel also copied his father's works but also painted variants of his masterpieces with virtuosity. Jan the Younger was traveling in Italy when his father died of Cholera and soon returned to take over the Antwerp studio. After his father's death he changed his signature from 'Brueghel' to 'Breughel'. The following year, in 1626, he married Anna-Maria Janssens, daughter of Abraham Jansens. He established himself quickly and became dean of the Guild of Saint Luke in 1630. The same year, he was commissioned by the court of France to paint “Adam Cycle”. In the following years he also produced paintings for the Austrian court and worked independently in Paris, before returning to Antwerp in 1657. He collaborated with a number of leading artists, including Rubens, Joos de Momper, Hendrick van Balen (1575–1632), Adriaen van Stalbernt (1580–1682), Lucas van Uden (1596–1672), his brother-in-law David Téniers the younger (1610-1690) and his father-in-law Abraham Jansens

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