COUSIN, Jean the Younger
(b. ca. 1525, Sens, d. ca. 1595, Paris)
Oil on canvas, 145 x 142 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
This is the most important surviving work of the artist. Here he is playing on the theme of the puniness of humasnity, which is made to swarm over the earth like worms. His formula is a Florentine one, and seems to be derived from Bronzino's Descent into Limbo in the Colonna Gallery, although the actual types of figures suggest a Flemish influence.