European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Allegory of Sight (Venus and Cupid in a Picture Gallery)Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe
Jan Brueghel the Younger, Flemish (active Antwerp), 1601 - 1678
Oil on copper
Cat. 656John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelJan Brueghel the Younger, the oldest son of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625), worked in a similar painting style to his father and followed his father’s practice, which included depicting art galleries of both existing and imaginary collections. This allegory of sight, likely one in a series of the five senses, shows how art collections were assembled to reflect both the wealth and the learning of their owners. Venus examines herself in a mirror, surrounded by a lavish array of the man-made and natural objects that filled princely studios.
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