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Paradise Landscape with the Animals Entering Noah’s Ark Jan Brueghel the Elder


Jan Brueghel the Elder Brussels, 1568 – Antwerp, 1625

Culture flemish
Date ca. 1613–1615
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on oak

61 × 90.2 cm

Inventory number 548
Collection Old Master Paintings
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1250-1600, Gallery XXIII

Apart from his epithets “Velvet” and “Flower”, Jan, the son of Pieter Bruegel, was also justly called “Paradise” Brueghel. His painting depicting the story of Noah and dating from 1613, of which several copies have come down to us, is regarded the prototype of some hundred landscapes evoking the atmosphere of the Garden of Eden. This Budapest painting is accepted by the monographer of the master an autograph version executed between 1613 and 1615. The biblical story (Genesis 6: 13-21) offered an opportunity for the artist to paint an idyllic landscape and numerous animals in colourful detail. The sources of some of the motifs are the works of Rubens.”

Ildikó Ember


Pigler, Andor, Katalog der Galerie Alter Meister, 1-2. Museum der Bildenden Künste, Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. 2, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 1967, p. 104.

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