• Jan van Kessel the elder, Painter of animal, vegetable, mineral & human subjects

    14 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    Born on this day in 1626, in Antwerp, the incomparable Jan van Kessel. Painted insects , flowers, beetles and caterpillars.
    From the Getty: Jan van Kessel II counted his uncle Jan Brueghel the Younger among his teachers. He joined the Antwerp painters' guild in 1645 and specialized in small-scale pictures of subjects gleaned from the natural world such as floral still lives and allegorical series showing animal kingdoms, the four elements, the senses, or the parts of the world. Obsessed with picturesque detail, van Kessel worked from nature and used illustrated scientific texts as sources...
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