BRUEGHEL, Jan the Elder
(b. ca. 1568, Brussel, d. 1625, Antwerpen)

Coastal Landscape

Oil on panel, 45 x 67 cm
Private collection

This painting depicting a coastal landscape with fishermen with their catch by a ruined tower is a collaborative work of Jan Brueghel the Elder and Joos de Momper. The motif of the ruined tower is based on a building on the Via Appia in Rome, known as the Tower of Scipio, of which Brueghel made drawings during his stay in Rome. It is a recurring motif in Brueghel's paintings. Brueghel's friend Joos de Momper painted the figures. The friendship between Brueghel and de Momper is well known: as early as 1612-1613, Brueghel claimed to have painted the figures in six paintings by de Momper, in addition to the staffage for a series of The Four Seasons.