Monday, February 26, 2007

Daniel Seghers: Floral Wreath with the Virgin and Child

Daniel Seghers. (1590-1661)
Floral Wreath with the Virgin and Child.
Oil on canvas, 86 x 62.
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Daniel Seghers was born in Antwerp in 1590. He was a pupil of Jan Brueghel the Elder and joined the St. Lukas Guild of Antwerp in 1611. On December 10, 1614 he became a lay brother of the Jesuit order and took his vows in Brussels in 1625.

Seghers specialized in painting garlands of flowers to frame religious scenes. This style can be traced back to the Madonna in a Floral Wreath, by Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder.(c. 1620. and now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany). But Seghers paid more attention to flower motifs, trying to recover their spiritual symbolism.

His compositions repeat the same scheme without great variations: rich garlands of flowers painted with meticulous attention to naturalistic phenomena according to the Flemish tradition of which Bruegel had been the leader, and false frames in stone that surround sacred scenes or figures of saints placed in the centre.

Biography at Jesuit Family Album