Attributed to Pieter Van Avont (Mechelen, 1600-Antwerp, 1652)
Pair: The Penitent Magdalene & The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist
Oil on copper
Height: 31 cm, Width: 36.5 cm
Born in Mechelen, Pieter von Avont was mentioned in 1620 as a member of the painters' guild of his hometown. He left for Antwerp in 1622, where he was also enrolled in the guild. He has collaborated with many painters, including Jan Brueguel the Younger, David Vinckboons, Lucas van Uden, Jacques Arthois, Lucas Achtschellinck, Vadder Lodewijk, Izaak van Oosten and Jan Wildens.
The painter is known for his paintings with mythological and religious scenes. One of the main features of his work is the groups of children. In his many versions of the Holy Family, they appear in different roles: baby Jesus, Saint John the Baptist and the angels. They often bring the offerings to the Virgin and Jesus. His characters with warm colors and delicate modeling are often represented in landscapes of great finesse, which he executed himself, but also in collaboration with other artists Antwerp.