An Allegory of Smell, one of the Five Senses oil on panel 94 x 78cm (37 x 30 11/16in). stamped on the reverse with the hands and coat-of-arms of the city of Antwerp
Marten de Vos is recorded by Karel van Mander as having travelled to Rome in 1552; the Flemish biographer also stated that de Vos visited Florence and Venice, where he worked in Tintoretto's studio. He returned to Antwerp in 1556 and by 1564 he became a master of the Saint Luke Guild of the city. He was also the founder of the Society of the Romanists, which brought together artists, connoisseurs and humanists who had travelled to Rome.