Virgin and Child in a Wooded Landscape

Creation date
oil on panel
21-1/4 x 31-1/2 in.
Credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
Accession number
Currently On View

Abraham Govaerts specialized in the painting of wooded landscapes. In this case, the forest setting, with its abundance of flowers and fruit trees, was intended as a reference to Paradise.

The figures of the Virgin and Child were added by Ambrosius Francken II, with whom Govaerts frequently collaborated.

Baron Henri-Marie-Bruno-Joseph-Léon Kervyn de Lettenhove [1856-1928], St. Michel-lez-Bruges and Brussels; by descent to Colette H. Dawson (Mrs. John W. Dawson), Zionsville, Indiana, from 1948{1}; purchased in 1960 by Edith W. Clowes (Mrs. G.H.A. Clowes) [1885-1967], Indianapolis;{2} the Clowes Fund, 1967-present (C10010).

{1} Upon the death of Baron Henri Kervyn de Lettenhove in 1928, his estate was divided between his wife (died 1934) and one surviving child, the Vicomtesse Roger le Sergeant d'Hendecourt (died 1942). The four children of the latter were minors on the death of their father, two died in 1945, and the estate remained undivided until 1948, when it was inherited by Colette Dawson and her sister. John W. Dawson, letter to Allen W. Clowes, 23 September 1960 (IMA, Clowes Collection Archive).
{2} Sales agreement, 19 August 1960 (IMA, Clowes Collection Archive).
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