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Woodland Landscape with Nymphs and Satyrs

Object Details

Title:

Woodland Landscape with Nymphs and Satyrs

Artist/Maker:

Herman van Swanevelt (Dutch, about 1600 - 1655)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1636

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and black chalk

Object Number:

96.GA.11

Dimensions:

19.2 × 26.7 cm (7 9/16 × 10 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

When Herman van Swanevelt made this highly finished drawing, painters of pastoral themes often populated landscapes with nymphs and satyrs. He included several such vignettes in this landscape. Nymphs and satyrs play with children near a dead tree draped with vines on the left, and a satyr holds up an empty pan in the center as a nymph walks away. On the opposite bank of the river, Swanevelt carefully rendered the specific traits of flora and fauna in typical Dutch fashion.

Swanevelt used a subtle technique to draw the viewer's eye into the picture's center: he drew the framing elements at the edges in warm brown ink, while the center opens into brightness. The water and background foliage--delicately rendered in black chalk, pale wash, and luminous areas of blank paper--sparkle in the sunlight.

Provenance
Provenance
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Henry Oppenheimer, British, 1859 - 1932

July 13, 1936
October 28, 1994
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Landscapes of Myth (November 5, 2002 to February 2, 2003)
  • The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), November 5, 2002 to February 2, 2003
Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010
Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology (November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014