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Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld

Jan Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, Antwerp 1601–1678 Antwerp)

Date:
1630s
Medium:
Oil on copper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (26.7 x 35.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Erna S. Blade, in memory of her uncle, Sigmund Herrmann, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.444
  • Gallery Label

    This infernal image of the 1630s was inspired by the "hell landscapes" of Jan Brueghel the Elder which in turn looked back to Bosch. The subject is from Virgil, Aeneid, Book VI.

  • Catalogue Entry

    Forthcoming

  • Provenance

    Sigmund Herrmann, Mannheim, later New York (by 1902); by descent to his niece, Erna S. Blade (until 1991)

  • Exhibition History

    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 6, 2012–January 4, 2013, no. 21.

    Beijing. National Museum of China. "Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 8–May 9, 2013, no. 21.

  • References

    Walter Liedtke. "Addenda to 'Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art'." Metropolitan Museum Journal 27 (1992), pp. 110–12, fig. 9, dates it probably 1630s; observes that the artist "skillfully mixed motifs from several of his father's compositions" and considers the most immediate precedent for this picture [n.b., field capacity inadequate for entire text].

    Ursula Härting. Letter to Walter Liedtke. November 23, 1994, tentatively attributes it to Pieter Schoubroek.

    Walter Liedtke. "Toward a New Edition of Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Munuscula Amicorum: Contributions on Rubens and His Colleagues in Honour of Hans Vlieghe. 2, Turnhout, Belgium, 2006, p. 669.

    Peter Barnet and Wendy A. Stein in Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. [Tokyo], 2012, p. 60, ill. pp. 37, 72 (color).

    Walter Liedtke in Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. [Tokyo], 2012, p. 215, no. 21, ill.



  • Notes

    This picture repeats a composition known from at least three other autograph versions: one in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, no. 6249, and two in European private collections [published in Klaus Ertz, "Jan Brueghel der Jüngere (1601–1678): die Gemälde, mit kritischem Oeuvrekatalog," Freren, 1984, nos. 130–32].

    The subject is from Virgil's "Aeneid," Book VI.

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