Workshop of Daniel Seghers (1590-1661)
Madonna and Child in a mandorla in grisaille and bouquet of flowers
Antwerp school of the mid-17th century
Painting on oak panel 45x34 cm
Daniel Seghers was born in Antwerp in 1590 and died in 1661. Pupil of Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), known for his paintings of fruits and flowers. Seghers will follow his path by adding the decorations in grisaille that the flowers seem to adorn. We have the illusion of a stone monument that we do not find with Jan Brueghel.
In addition to being very prolific, Daniel Seghers was highly regarded by his contemporaries. As proof, during his lifetime, 239 of his works were identified in order to identify the buyer and the collaborators.
We know of Daniel Seghers that he painted only flowers and that he followed various artists such as Dominiquin (1581-1641), Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Pierre-Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and others, in fact, several paintings with only the floral decoration have been found. Erasme Quellin the Younger (1607-1678) will collaborate on numerous occasions with the workshop of Seghers.
These floral paintings, these "garland paintings" are typically Flemish and will not die with him since other artists like Jan Phillipps Van Thiegen will resume his paintings. We often find roses and tulips about to open. The beginning of his career is with uniform garlands while the end is illustrated with groups of flowers, often three or four. These trompe l'oeil ornaments are most baroque.
In this painting, we can therefore observe a Madonna and Child in a setting most characteristic of Seghers. The garland consists of irises, roses, daffodils and gerberas representing deep love. The characters are represented in the Flemish way and are anchored in a dark background.
We can add that the panel does indeed come from the city of Antwerp since at the back we find the tafereelmaker (brand of pannellier) in the form of a tower. It confirms that the work is completed and guarantees quality production.
The work measures 34 cm wide and 45 cm high at sight.
The molding of the frame is 12 cm.