The National Museum of Western Art

Jan Brueghel, the Elder [Brussels, 1568 - Antwerp, 1625]

Wooded Landscape with Abraham and Isaac

Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)49.5 x 64.7
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower left: I, BRVEGHEL 1599
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Ertz 56
Collection NumberP.2002-0001
Wooded Landscape with Abraham and Isaac

The second son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Jan Brueghel the Elder painted landscapes and finely detailed floral still lifes on panel and copperplate. This work depicts the scene from the Bible when Abraham, commanded by God to sacrifice his own son, is travelling to the land of Moriah. In the foreground, the elderly Abraham is riding a donkey, while the young Isaac, his son, accompanies him carrying a bundle of firewood. The painting is one of many examples of the artist incorporating religious figures as staffage into forest landscapes. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)


Sale Amsterdam (Mak van Waay), 14 March 1972, lot no. 12; New York Maxwell Brandwen Collection; Thomas & Brenda Brod, London; Purchased by the NMWA, 2002.

Exhibition History

The Age of Rubens, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: MA, 22 September 1993 - 2 January 1994, cat. no. 79
Pieter Breughel le jeune (1565-1637/8), Jan Brueghel l'ancien (1568-1625): une famille des peintres flamands vers 1600,  Kulturstiftung Ruhr, Villa Hügel, Essen, 16 August 1997 - 16 November 1998, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, 9 Dec. 1997 - 14 Apr. 1998, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Anvers, 3 May - 26 July 1998, cat. no. 40
Masterpieces from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 12 September 2006 - 10 December 2006


Ertz, K. Jan Brueghel der Ältere: Die Gemäelde. Cologne, 1979, p. 199, no. 56.
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 37 (Apr. 2002-Mar. 2003), 2004, Kofuku, Akira. New Acquisitons. pp. 9-11, List of New Acquisitions. p. 38, repr.
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 28, col. repr.
Kofuku, Akira. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. [Tokyo], The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; The Western Art Foundation, 2018, pp. 56-59, no. 12, col. repr.

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