Silenus holding the infant Bacchus
Diana the Huntress
Artemis / Diana of Versailles
The Borghese Gladiator
Mattheus Ignatius Van Bree (1773 – 1839), was an important history painter and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp of which he later became the director. He also helped restore and return many highly prized works of art to Antwerp that had been looted by Napoleon, and returned to Antwerp following the French Emperor’s defeat, which included pieces by Rubens, who’s style many likened him to. These designs may indeed have been for statues that he himself would produce as he was also a recognised sculptor. As an artist, he received numerous commissions from the Belgian government and was appointed court painter to the House of Orange and Wilhelm I.
These appear to be comparatively rare and the style of the drawing is classically 18thC in their execution.
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