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Arcadian Landscape with a Bust of Flora

Jan van Huysum1724

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis

In a clearing in the forest, women and shepherds are making a sacrifice to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The stream flows to an ancient town and some rocky mountains.

Van Huysum specialised in lavish still-lifes, but he also painted this type of scene. The idealised landscape and the warm, golden light look Italian. Van Huysum would have based it on drawings and paintings by fellow artists, as he never made the trip to Italy himself.

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  • Title: Arcadian Landscape with a Bust of Flora
  • Creator: Huysum, Jan van
  • Date Created: 1724
  • Physical Dimensions: h52 cm x w71 cm
  • Provenance: Private collection, Wisconsin (sale New York, Sotheby's, 8 January 1981, lot 32 with pendant); Robert Noortman Gallery, Maastricht; gift of Mrs C.C.M. de Bièvre-Duijndam to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1997; on long-term loan from the the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1997
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: canvas

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