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The Goddess Ceres set in a Garland of Flowers, Oil on Canvas

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Around the middle of the 17th century, Erasmus Quellinus II the Younger worked several times with his brother-in-law, Jan Philip van Thielen. The latter, a very creditable flower painter, depicted a garland around a Ceres figure by Quellinus. In the Baroque period, it was common for painters to engage in horizontal collaborations based on equality with their specialism. Before Quellinus and Van Thielen, Jan Breughel the Elder already painted flower garlands around Madonna’s with Child by, among others, Peter Paul Rubens. One of the leading flower and garland painters in the Southern Netherlands, Daniël Seghers, had taught Jan Philip Van Thielen the trade tricks. Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility, is painted in grisaille to create the idea of a three-dimensional statue. She is easily recognizable by her attributes, the sickle and the ears of wheat. Some flowers of the wreath refer to Ceres. The poppies and cornflowers are grown in the fields among the grain. The aquilegia flowers from mid-April, the month in which the seven-day festival of Ceres formerly took place. The morning glory flowers in the garland refer to a passage in the story of Ceres and Prosperina. Ceres looked for her missing daughter and came across a nymph with morning glory flowers in her hair. She asked the nymph if she had not seen Prosperina. The startled, frightened nymph did not answer, and Ceres had to continue her quest. The sun on Ceres’s chest probably refers to Prosperina, who left the underworld in springtime and made everything grow and bloom again. It was the year when mother and daughter were reunited. The painting is artfully and delicately painted with a great sense of realism.

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  • Attributed to
    Erasmus Quellinus the Younger (1607 - 1678, Flemish)
  • Creation Year
    Unknown
  • Dimensions
    Height: 51.19 in. (130 cm)Width: 36.23 in. (92 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    brussel, BE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CE_00851stDibs: LU150929096882

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