Born on this day in 1626, in Antwerp, the incomparable Jan van Kessel. Painted insects (as demonstrated here!), flowers, beetles and caterpillars.
From the Getty: Jan van Kessel II counted his uncle Jan Brueghel the Younger among his teachers. He joined the Antwerp painters'
Scholars trace many of van Kessel's subjects back to a prototype by some eminent predecessor. Joris Hoefnagel's works inspired van Kessel's sensitive and delicate drawings of insects and flowers, executed mainly in watercolor on
Asia, with all its flora, fauna, people, and (especially) insects, because Jan van Kessel. From his fab Four Continents series, 1660s.
Festoon of shells, 1656. Proving for all time that still-life painting can be hilarious. By Jan van Kessel of Antwerp, born OTD in 1626.