Jan van Bijlert

A Fortune Teller

Jan van Bijlert
(*1598 – Utrecht – †1671)

A fortune teller
Oil on panel, 55 x 45 cm

Price: 14.000 €


An old woman is shown at a balustrade in front of a landscape. She wears a turban and a precious mantle with a fur collar. Her hand gesture seems to indicate that she is making a prophecy.

Fred G. Meijer, Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, Den Haag, and Dr. Paul Janssen, Noordbrabants Museum, ‘S-Hertogenbosch, attribute the present painting to Jan van Bijlert. Dr. Janssen describes the painting as a characteristic work by Jan van Bijlert.

Jan van Bijlert was one of the most influential and famous painters of the so-called Utrecht Caravaggism.


Expertise, Dr. Paul. Janssen, 28th august 2014. Expert opinion by Fred G. Meijer, 4th august 2014.

Jan van Bijlert, Old woman with glasses, signed, oil on panel, 35 x 29,3 cm, Sibiu, Museum Brukenthal. (P. H. Janssen, Jan van Bijlert, Philadelphia/Amsterdam 1998, cat. 130, plate 133).
Jan van Bijlert, Old woman with a glass, signed, oil on panel, 22,8 x 19 cm, Northampton, Collection Sir Gyles Isham 1961. (cat. 133,plate 153).
Jan van Bijlert, Allegory of Winter, oil on panel, 45 x 36 cm, present whereabouts unknown. (cat. 75, plate 148).

Jan van Bijlert, Allegory of hearing, signed, oil n panel, 38 x 28 cm, present whereabouts unknown. (cat. 71, plate 144).

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