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Allegory of the water


Brueghel de Velours(Workshop of)(Brussels, 1568 - Antwerp, 1625)

First quarter of the 17th century
Oil on wood, transposed to canvas
H 49 X W 73 cm
Estate of Paul Chanson, 25 September 1974
Beaune, Museum of Fine Arts


Jan I Brueghel known as Velvet Brueghel on account of the velvety and precious finish of his works, was the son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and the the brother of Pieter Brueghel II, known as Hell Brueghel. He specialised in landscape paintings with historical, mythological, allegorical and religious subjects. This work belongs to the series of the four elements, which were workshop works. The allegory of water represents the goddess Amphitrite holding a branch of coral. Mannered cherubs play with shells among sumptuous fish.