Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld

Jan Brueghel the Younger Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 640

The literary reference for the subject depicted on this early example of Flemish oil on copper was the classical author Virgil’s Aeneid. The infernal “hell landscape” was inspired by paintings executed by the artist’s father, Jan Brueghel the Elder, who in turn had looked back to Hieronymus Bosch.

Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld, Jan Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, Antwerp 1601–1678 Antwerp), Oil on copper

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