Jan van Kessel (1626-1679)Insects, undated
Oil on copper, 81 x 67 cm.
This painting has been attributed to Jan van Kessel and is typical of his work. It depicts a number of European insects and is currently the subject of research by Museum staff.
Painted on copper, this particular technique was introduced from Rome by Jan Brueghel the Elder on his return to his native Antwerp in 1595. The method became popular with many artists including Van Kassel.