Landscape with a Nymph and a Satyr

Object Details


Landscape with a Nymph and a Satyr


Nicolaes Berchem (Dutch, 1620 - 1683)






Oil on panel


68.6 x 58.4 cm (27 x 23 in.)

See more

See less

With convincing naturalism, a cow turns its head to survey a group of figures resting above a crevice on a hillside. The satyr sleeps with his head on the lap of a nymph, and a young child playfully tugs at her arm. Cows and sheep rest around the family, completing the image of peaceful tranquility in this arcadian landscape. On the right side of the painting, trees grow at different angles on a rocky hillside sloping diagonally down toward a crevice or dry creek bed. In the far distance, hazy mountains give way to a light-blue sky with grayish-white clouds.

Nicolaes Berchem was fond of depicting idylls in imaginary Italian settings. The foliage and hilly landscape identify the location as typical of northern Italy, not Holland. Here he used a vertical format and suggested movement through the diagonals of the hillside and leaning trees. Framed by the large open expanse on the left, the standing cow, rather than the family group in the foreground, captures the viewer's attention.

- 1774

Jean-Antoine Hubert, vassal de Saint Hubert, 1741 - 1782 [sold, Vassal de Saint Hubert sale, Remy, Paris, January 17, 1774, lot 35, to Lebrun.]


Comte Jean Du Barry, 1722 - 1792 [sold, Pierre Remy and Pierre Lebrun sale, Paris, November 21, 1774, lot 42.]



by 1960 - 1965

George Strakosch [sold, Sotheby's, London, December 8, 1965, lot 8.]

Brod Gallery (London, England)

- 1971

H. D. H. Wills (Sandford Park, Oxfordshire, England) [sold, Christie's, London, June 11, 1971, lot 83, through French and Company (New York, New York) to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Ideal and Classical Landscape (February 6 to April 3, 1960) (Cat. 6)
  • National Museum of Wales, (Cardiff), February 6 to April 3, 1960

Remy, Paris. Catalogue des tableaux, figures de bronze, de marbre [...] du cabinet de M***. January 17, 1774 p. 17, lot 35.

Remy, Lebrun, Paris. Catalogue de tableaux originaux des bons maîtres des trois écoles [...] qui composent le cabinet de M. L. C. de D. November 21, 1774 p. 19, lot 42.

Smith, John. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters [...]. 9 vols. (London: Smith and Son, 1829-42), vol. 5 (1834) p. 30, no. 76.

Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts. 10 vols. (Esslingen am Neckar: Paul Neff Verlag, 1907-28), vol. 9 (1926) p. 63, no. 48.

Ideal and Classical Landscape, exh. cat. (Cardiff: National Museum of Wales, 1960) p. 11, no. 6.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings. December 8, 1965 pp. 8-9, lot 8, ill.

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Fine Pictures by Old Masters. June 11, 1971 p. 30, lot 83.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972) p. 82, no. 105.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980) unpaginated, no. 38, ill.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986) pp. 139, 145, fig. 201.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 9, ill.