monkeys feasting

monkeys feasting
monkeys feasting
monkeys feasting
layer & technique: 

oil on copper


27,2 x 35,2 cm

frame dimensions: 

41 X 49 cm frame in "macassar" ebony called "coromandel"


 painting hanging on the wall on top right represents "Pan and Ceres" by Rubens, a painting which dates from 1617(information from Mr. Bert Schepers). This painting is also represented on the middle left of a "constkamer" in a private collection (1)

The table cloth is the same as the one used in the painting "the taste" by Jan Brueghel the elder(Prado museum Madrid). Also the gold painted leather wall covering has exactly the same design on both pictures.The Prado  painting dates from early 1618.

The "castle" in the landscape  is a corner of the summer-palace of the archduke Albrecht in "Marienburg" (2)

The not signed print dates from the 18th or 19th century and can be found in the section " Mirimonde" in the "Bibliothèque nationale de France". (information from Mr Bert Schepers)

(1) see "kamers vol kunst in 17de eeuws Antwerpen" exposition catalogue Rubenshuis Antwerpen 2010 and Mauritshuis Den Haag 2010 . "Allegorie op de schilderkunst" oil on copper 45 x 75 cm Jan Brueghel II c.1625, most likely a copie of a lost work by Jan Brueghel the elder. ill.14 p.34

(2) see  "The smell", one of the paintings of the five senses by Jan Brueghel the elder in the Prado museum of Madrid(dated 1618), for a picture of the palace taken from the same angle.


 1)Rubenshuis Wapper Antwerpen : long term loan since oktober 2012

 2)"L'odyssée des animaux" musée de Flandre Cassel France

   8 oct  2016-22 jan 2017



 Bert Schepers "Monkey Madness in Seventeenth-century Antwerp" in Rubenianum Quarterly december 2012. col.Ill. fig.1 

 Catalogue exposition "L'odyssée des animaux" 08/10/2016-22 jan 2017 + ill.

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