Jan Brueghel the Elder was the third child of the renowned genre and landscape painter Pieter Bruegel. Jan spent a number of years in Italy as a young man, and there developed a sensitivity for landscape drawing that would remain with him throughout his later career in Antwerp. This sheet, dating from his last year in Rome, demonstrates the artist’s ability to reconcile the small and everyday with the grand and sublime.
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Pen and brush and brown ink and brush and brown wash on ivory laid paper
Dated upper left, in pen and brown: "1595"; inscribed, verso, upper center, in pen and brown ink: "No 231"
11.3 × 18.9 cm (4 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)
Helen Regenstein Fund
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T. Gerszi, “Joos de Momper als Zeichner, Teil 2” Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, XXXVI (1994), p. 174, fig. 13 (as Joos de Momper).
The I. Q. van Regteren Altena Collection Part I, Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Renaissance to the Golden Age, 10 July 2014, Christie’s London, under no. 8, p. 22.
Art Institute of Chicago, From Pontormo to Seurat: Drawings Recently Acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago, Sept. 10, 1991–Jan. 5, 1992, n.p., cat. 7; also New York, Frick Collection, Apr. 23–July 7, 1991.
The Art Institute of Chicago, “Rubens, Rembrandt, and Drawing in the Golden Age”, September 28, 2019 - January 5, 2020, pp. 230-32, 233 (ill.), 292, cat. 82, cat. by Victoria Sancho Lobis, et. al.
Sold by Bob P. Haboldt & Co., New York, to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.
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