Artist:The School of Jan van Kessell (1626-1679), Flemish
Year: Late 17th Century
Medium: Oil on Wood
Size: Height - 32", Width - 39"

1993.03.02 EL On loan from the Noel family

Adelicia also owned this painting.  We have no references to where it hung.  Van Kessell was the son of a portrait painter Hieronymus van Kessell (1578-1636).  His mother was Paschasie, daughter of the famous painter, Jan van Brueghel the elder.  He was instructed by Simon de Vos (1603-1676) and by his uncle, Jan Brueghel the younger. 

 

The subject matter of this painting is an allegory on water.  This painting, along with Venus at the Forge of Vulcan, could have been part of a series on the four elements: water, air, earth and fire. 

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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk