FAYDHERBE, Lucas
(b. 1617, Mechelen, d. 1697, Mechelen)

Cupids Dancing around a Piping Man

1636-40
Ivory relief
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Between 1636 and 1640 Faydherbe was hired as an assistant in Rubens's studio to produce small ivory carvings to Rubens's design. The present ivory relief from Rubens's studio is monogrammed by Faydherbe. In this early work the explicitly pictorial arrangement stands out, a quality which would also be a striking feature of Faydherbe's later sculpture.