Jan van Kessel: Butterflies, Moths and More… (1654)

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Butterflies, Moths and Insects with Sprays of Creeping Thistle and Borage (1654) Jan van Kessel the Elder, National Gallery UK in London

Cabinet of Curiosities in Paint

Often produced as pendants, Jan van Kessel’s detailed depictions of insects, flowers and plants were sought after by collectors. They should be seen in the context of cabinets of curiosities.

Van Kessel belonged to a famous dynasty of painters and is indebted in style and technique to his grandfather, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and his uncles, Jan Brueghel the Younger, and David Teniers the Younger.

Quoted from National Gallery UK in London

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From  National Gallery UK in London

Key facts

Artist dates 1626 – 1679
Full title Butterflies, Moths and Insects with Sprays of Creeping Thistle and Borage
Date made 1654
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 11.8 × 14.7 cm
Acquisition credit: Gift from the collection of Willem Baron van Dedem, 2017
Location in National Gallery in London Room 26

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