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This is one of the most famous paintings in the Mauritshuis. What makes The Bull so special is the fact that Potter painted something as ordinary as a bull on such a grand scale – which had never been done before. And despite this large size, he paid great attention to the smallest details, such as the lark in the sky, the sunshine on the meadow, the flies on the bull’s back and the cow’s whiskers. This made the painting the epitome of Dutch naturalistic painting.

Details

  • Title: The Bull
  • Creator: Potter, Paulus
  • Date Created: 1647
  • Physical Dimensions: h235.5 cm x w339 cm
  • Provenance: Willem Fabricius d’Almkerk, Haarlem, 1749; Prince William IV, The Hague, 1749; Prince William V, The Hague, until 1795
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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