BALEN, Hendrick van
(b. 1575, Antwerpen, d. 1632, Antwerpen)

Banquet of Achelous

Oil on canvas
Stedelijk Museum Wuyts-Van Campen en Baron Caroly, Lier

In his later work Van Balen seems to have had a preference for figures which are more prominent in the picture plane. In some cases, such as the Banquet of Achelous, some of the female figures are based on the example of Rubens's classicist characters of the years around 1615.