Jan van Kessel was a versatile painter of still life in Antwerp, best known for his small paintings on copper on which he painted insects, shells and flowers similar to the works in Oxford. Together with A 565, A566 and A567, this little picture may have formed part of a larger set of painted fronts for small drawers in a cabinet. As his early work of this kind tends to be more meticulous than his later work and as these works are very neatly finished, they may date from the early 1650s when he seems to have begun painting panels of this type.
van Kessel I, Jan
oil on copper
A Cockchafer, Beetle, Woodlice and other Insects, with a Sprig of Auricula