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Jan van Kessel the Younger

Antwerp 1654 – Madrid 1708

Jan van Kessel the Younger was the great-grandson of Jan "Velvet" Brueghel. He received his initial training from his father, Jan van Kessel the Elder. In 1680, the young artist left Antwerp for Spain where he became a portraitist in the court of Charles II from 1686 onwards.

None of his portraits have currently been identified, and his reputation is based on the still lifes painted in his father's style, with their characteristic sense of detail, delicate palette and balanced compositions. His Flemish manner was gradually influenced by Spanish techniques.