Landscape with Bathing Nudes

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with Bathing Nudes

Artist/Maker(s):

Cornelis van Poelenburgh (Dutch, about 1594/1595 - 1667)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1640-1650

Medium:

Oil on copper

Dimensions:

34.3 x 44.5 cm (13 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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A sense of uninhibited freedom pervades the scene as a group of women bathe, lounge, and socialize in an area below a rocky hillside. Drying herself, the woman in the center of the painting turns toward her voluptuous nude companion lying in the foreground. Cornelius van Poelenburgh softly modeled the figures, evoking the texture of tender flesh. The landscape captures the atmospheric qualities of the Italian countryside and deliberately calls to mind an idyllic mythological land filled with languid nymphs.

Van Poelenburgh was best known for cabinet-size paintings, small easel paintings intended to be viewed at close range. Like this one, many were painted on copper and represented ruins, shepherds, peasants, travelers, and an occasional mythological or religious scene.

Provenance
probably by 1838

William Basil Percy Feilding, seventh earl of Denbigh, 1796 - 1865 (Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, England), probably by inheritance to his eldest son, Rudolph William Basil Fielding, 1865.

1865 - 1892

Rudolph William Basil Feilding, eighth earl of Denbigh, 1823 - 1892 (Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, England), probably by inheritance to his eldest son, Rudolph Robert Basil Aloysius Augustine Feilding, 1892.

1892 - before 1937

Rudolph Robert Basil Aloysius Augustine Feilding, ninth earl of Denbigh, 1859 - 1939 (Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, England), by gift to his eldest son, Rudolph Edmund Aloysius Feilding, before 1937.

- 1937

Rudolph Edmund Aloysius Feilding, Viscount Feilding, 1885 - 1937 (Newnham Paddox, Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1937 - 1938

Estate of Rudolph Edmund Aloysius Feilding, Viscount Feilding, 1885 - 1937 [sold, Feilding sale, Christie's, London, July 1, 1938, lot 106, to J. Paul Getty for 34gns.]

1938 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Exhibitions
The Baroque (March to April 1966)
  • Pomona College Art Gallery, (Claremont), March 9 to April 1, 1966