Allegory of the Sight by Jan Brueghel

Allegory of the Sight by Jan Brueghel

Flemish painter and engraver Jan Bruegel belongs to the dynasty of artists, whose ancestor was his father Peter Brueghel the Elder. A narrow specialization was alien to the master, so he worked in almost all genres: he created still lifes, landscapes, battle scenes, mythological, allegorical and religious subjects, and also depicted art galleries and animals.

On the canvas “Allegory of the Vision” are depicted beautiful virgins and two Cupid babies surrounded by various objects designed to amuse and rejoice the sight.

One of Cupids holds a mirror in front of a young woman, another presents

her friend with a bouquet. On the table in front of her there are precious stones, at the feet – astrolabe and telescope, in the center of the room – globe. The chandelier in the room is crowned with a double-headed eagle – the coat of arms of the Habsburg dynasty, a symbol of power over Flanders.

Among the paintings surrounding the characters, on the right side of the composition you can see a canvas depicting Jesus healing a blind man. Note that the central figures in the picture was performed by Peter Paul Rubens – an outstanding representative of the Flemish school of painting.

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