Jan van Kessel II 

( Anversa 1645- Madrid 1708)attr 

Oil on Blackboard H 24 – L 45

A monkey and a parrot make a rich still life from fruit and vegetables, with a Chinese porcelain bowl breaking too. 

son of Jan van Kessel I, was a great-grandson of the famous Jan Brueghel. He moved from Antwerp to Madrid in 1678 to become a court painter.

San Rocco by Tommaso Garelli

(Active in Bologna, 1450 – 1495)

Saint Roch

1455 ca. 108×51 cm

Tempera on panel with gold ground

Mauro Minardi

The panel under consideration, which is published here for the first time, has been identified by Giacomo Alberto Calogero and Mauro Minardi as the work of the Bolognese painter Tommaso Garelli. This is a remarkable acquisition for an author relatively new to studies, frequently mentioned in documents but substantially neglected by the Felsine art literature until the end of the 19th century. Only the interest of Carlo Volpe and Daniele Benati, as well as the insights of Luciano Bellosi and later Miklós Boskovits, allowed Garelli to emerge among the protagonists of the Bolognese artistic scene immediately after the mid-15th century.

On the figure of Garelli and his notable documentary mentions see F. Filippini, G. Zucchini, Miniatori e pittori a Bologna. Documents of the 15th century, Bologna 1968, pp. 158-165. See also S. Brevaglieri, Garelli, Tommaso, in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, 52, Rome 1999, pp. 283-285

MUSSEL WITH LEMON by Joannes, or Giovanni van Houbraken


Joannes, or Giovanni van Houbraken
( fiandre 1612-1676)

Oli on Canvas h120x154 with frame h143x160

was a Flemish painter and art dealer,
He painted religious compositions and allegorical genre scenes. He lived and worked for a while in Italy, first in Rome, later in Naples and finally in Messina.
He became familiar with the work of the Caravaggisti, whose style influenced him. After his return to Antwerp he engaged in trade with Italy and sent his works and other items produced by Antwerp craftsmen to patrons in Italy.


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