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Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601–1678) and Jan van Balen (Antwerp 1611–1654)
Lot No. 587 
Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601–1678) and Jan van Balen (Antwerp 1611–1654)

Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601–1678) and Jan van Balen (Antwerp 1611–1654)

The sleeping goddess Diana and her nymphs after the hunt, observed by satyrs oil on panel, 50.8 x 64.7 cm, framed

Private collection, Baden-Baden.

Dr Klaus Ertz, Lingen (January 2012).

Dr Ertz in his certificate: “This painting has been excellently preserved and its colours make a brilliant impression… This is one of the few examples of the collaboration between Jan Brueghel the Younger and Jan van Balen, about the latter of whom little is known to date… A painting of the same subject matter, which might have served as a model for the present composition, is a joint product of Jan Brueghel the Elder and Hendrick van Balen, i.e., the fathers of the two artists who painted the picture to be described here…” The painting by the fathers is in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden. Ertz compares the present painting to the following works: (1) Jan Brueghel II and Hendrick van Balen, Allegory of the Five Senses, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe (1626); (2) Jan Brueghel II and Hendrick van Balen, The Rape of Europa, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (c. 1621/22); (3) Jan Brueghel II and Jan van Balen, The Realm of Flora, Coll. Pelikan, Hanover (1630s); (4) Jan Brueghel II and Jan van Balen, The Banquet of the Gods, private ownership (1640s).

From Jan van Balen’s small oeuvre, two paintings offer themselves for comparison: (1) Nymphs, Satyrs and Erotes, Statens Konstmuseer, Stockholm, and (2) The Adoration of the Magi, art market, London, 1991 (1645). As a result of these comparisons, Dr Ertz dates our painting to the 1630s. While Jan Brueghel II painted the landscape and the animals, the figures are by the hand of Jan van Balen. Such joint products involving more than one artist were not unusual in Antwerp at the time. Ertz: “The fact that several painters worked on a picture only comes as a surprise to those who are not familiar with Flemish painting. Particularly during the first half of the 17th Century it was common that artists specializing in different genres collaborated and produced what appears to us now to be amazingly homogeneous compositions. After his father’s death, Jan Brueghel the Younger, then at the beginning of his career as a painter, worked together with such famous painters as Peter Paul Rubens, Josse de Momper the Younger, and Hendrick van Balen, the father of Jan Balen, just as his father had done before him. These celebrated painters would not have collaborated on so many works by this painter if Jan Brueghel the Younger’s standard had not been up to theirs…” Jan Brueghel II also repeatedly teamed up with such artists as Pieter Snayers, Adriaen van Stalbemt, Lucas van Uden, Pieter van Avont, and David Teniers the Younger. The present painting, which also appeals to us because of its brilliant colours, is an excellent example of the constructive collaboration of two equally gifted artists – Jan Brueghel II and Jan van Balen.

Specialist: Dr. Alexander Strasoldo

Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601–1678) and Jan van Balen (Antwerp 1611–1654)
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    EUR 150,000 to 180,000
    USD 169,500 to 203,500

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Old Master Paintings
Date: 17.10.2012, 17:00
Location: Palais Dorotheum Vienna
Exhibition: 06.10. - 17.10.2012

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