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Jan Cossiers - Allegory of taste

Jan Cossiers - Allegory of taste


17th century Flemish old master painting, Allegory of taste


The very fine painting depicts a young boy, cheekily tasting a delicious pie. He's looking at the viewer with eyes twinkling of mischief and his lips curved in a contagious smile.


Jan Cossiers, born in Antwerp around 1600, was a Flemish Baroque painter whose artistic journey flourished in the 17th century. Trained in the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, Cossiers absorbed the dynamic and expressive qualities characteristic of his master's style. Cossiers gained recognition for his historical and religious paintings, characterized by vibrant colors and intricate compositions. His association with Rubens significantly influenced his approach, evident in the dramatic narratives and masterful use of light and shadow within his works. Beyond his collaborations with Rubens, Cossiers established himself as an independent artist, contributing to the rich tapestry of Flemish Baroque art. Notable pieces like "The Martyrdom of Saint George" and "The Rape of Europa" showcase his ability to capture compelling stories on canvas. Today, Jan Cossiers' legacy endures in the collections of esteemed museums, including the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Louvre Museum in Paris, where his works continue to be admired for their technical prowess and narrative depth.



Private collection USA


Selected literature on the artist:


1. "Rubens and His Workshop: The Authorities" by Jan Cossiers - Examines his time with Rubens.

2. "Jan Cossiers (1600-1671): Art, Commerce, and Politics" by Koenraad Brosens - Places Cossiers in 17th-century Antwerp's context.

3. "Jan Cossiers, Rubens' Collaborator" by Arnout Balis - Delves into the collaborative relationship with Rubens.



Oil on canvas 65*48,5 cm and with frame ca. 85*68,5cms

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