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Attributed to Brueghel, Jan, the elder (Flemish painter, draftsman, 1568-1625) , Landscape with Minerva Expelling Mars to Protect Peace and Plenty

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Title Landscape with Minerva Expelling Mars to Protect Peace and Plenty
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Brueghel, Jan, the elder (Flemish painter, draftsman, 1568-1625)
Attributed to Francken, Frans, II (Flemish painter, 1581-1642)
Attributed to Momper, Joos de, the younger (Flemish painter, draftsman, and printmaker, 1564-1635)
Date Earliest about 1584
Date Latest about 1635
Description The Roman Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva, is depicted defending the figures of Peace and Plenty from Mars, the God of War. Peace and Plenty sit side by side in conversation, seemingly ignoring the battle between Minerva and Mars. Minerva's shield decorated with the head of the Medusa leans against a rock. It is thought that the landscape is by Momper and the figures painted by Francken. However, it has been suggested that the figures may have been painted by Jan Brueghel the Elder.
Current Accession Number 1978P7
Former Accession Number P.778
Subject landscape; mythology; allegory (peace and plenty)
Measurements 60.6 x 107 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Unknown 1959 (?).
Publications Ertz, K. Joos de Momper, 1986, pp. 504, 505, no. 148; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 64, ill.
Notes Found uninventoried in the collection, 1978. A label on the frame 'This painting brought in by woman who did not give her name. She said Miss Woodall knew about it, but Miss Woodall does not, Spring 1959'. Mary Woodall (former Director of BMAG)

Ertz dates this painting between 1600 and 1610 and suggests that the figures are painted by Jan Brueghel the Elder. Ertz gave the opinion that the painting was after Joos de Momper. He pointed to the Medusa-head shield as reminiscent of Francken but found none of the other figures like him.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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