An important 17th century Painting of Jacob Van Loo: “Diana and Endymion”
[Oil on Canvas] “Diana and Endymion”, attrib. Jacob Van Loo. Description: 70 x 60cm., in Frame; 59 x 48 cm., out of Frame. Provenance: 18th century attribution/purchase label on the recto; Christie’s 1950s. “Jacob van Loo (1614, Sluis—26 November 1670, Paris) was a Dutch painter and popularized around 1650 a close-focus concert on a loggia or terrace. So Van Loo became known for his conversation groupings with a subtle color palette, and according to Arnold Houbraken famous for his nudes. He was the founder of the Van Loo family of painters.”
This is a finely executed and important painting. Van Loo was known to have had a major influence on Vermeer, especially in connection with paintings of Diana and Her Companions.