The Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden, c. 1620, Jan Bruegel, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
The Garden of Eden, c. 1620, Jan Bruegel, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

The Garden of Eden, c.1620 was painted by Jan Bruegel and is held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK.

This painting is a good example of Jan Bruegel the Elder's landscape tradition that shows in colourful landscapes, a profusion of animals and figures including rich and varied vegetation. The highly detailed depiction of the animals and other figures witnesses his interest in nature and reveals his encyclopaedic conception of the world. This composition was very popular and was extensively copied by Jan Bruegel the Elder's himself but also by close followers among whom could be his own son, Jan Bruegel the Younger. The representation of paradise as a pictorial theme was extensively exploited by the artist who produced many versions of it.

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