FLEMISH SCHOOL circa 1700, follower of Roelandt SAVERY
The earthly paradise.
Height : 105 cm
Width : 147 cm
Source of origin:
- Alfred Isaac (died in 1930) in his private mansion in the place des bleuets in Lille
- Kept in the family until today
In a vast panoramic landscape whose composition is still influenced by those of the landscape painters of the end of the 16th century, several exotic, domestic or wild animals are placed in the foreground. In the centre are Adam and Eve. The painter thus offers us an evocation of the earthly paradise completed by the theme of original sin. The representation of the earthly paradise was one of the favourite motifs of many Flemish artists. It served as a backdrop for various subjects from the Bible, such as Noah's Ark, Original Sin and the Holy Family. Jan Brueghel I, known as de Velours, excelled in this repertoire and his Entry into Noah's Ark, dated 1613, which was painted twice by its author, had a strong influence on a whole generation of painters, including his son. Jan Brueghel II the Younger used this theme on several occasions. The painter shows here his meticulous talent for depicting animals and flowers, which had been so popular with Flemish customers since the end of the 16th century.
century. Our painting is inspired by Nicolas de Bruyn's engraving of the same subject.
Expert : Stéphane Pinta, Turquin cabinet