The Sense of Taste

Workshop of Jan Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, 1601-1678)

Currently on View in C206
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This painting once formed part of a series depicting the Five Senses, a traditional subject that the artist has transformed by adapting it to the fashion for banquet scenes. A woman in fancy dress, the personification of Taste, prepares to eat an oyster, while her companions raise a glass of wine.

Taste's table is laden with prepared food, while the foreground is filled with provisions such as game birds, deer, fish, crustaceans, artichokes, melons and grapes. The painting of Adam and Eve on the back wall signals a moralizing intent.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

Workshop of Jan Brueghel the Younger (Flemish, 1601-1678)
creation date
oil on panel
22-3/4 x 35-1/4 in.
approximately 35 x 43 x 4-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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