Virgin and Child in a Wooded Landscape

Abraham Govaerts (Flemish, 1589-1626)
Ambrosius Francken II (Flemish, 1585-1632)

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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, Belgium; by descent to Colette H. Dawson [Mrs. John W. Dawson], Zionsville, Indiana, from 1948;{1} purchased in 1960 by Edith Whitehill Clowes [Mrs. George Henry Alexander Clowes] [1885-1967], Indianapolis, Indiana;{2} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, Indiana, since 1958, and on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 2018.

{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).

Object Information

Abraham Govaerts (Flemish, 1589-1626)
Ambrosius Francken II (Flemish, 1585-1632)
creation date
about 1615-1620
oil on panel
21-1/4 x 31-1/2 in. (panel)
26-7/8 x 36-7/8 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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