Landscape with Ruins and Animals

Roelandt Savery (Dutch, 1576-1639)
Oil on panel 
20-3/4 x 29-3/4 in. (52.7 x 75.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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A versatile artist and superb draftsman, Roelandt Savery painted flower pieces, still lifes and genre scenes. However, his landscapes—populated with all manner of flora and fauna and painted with a miniaturist’s attention to detail—earned him the admiration of artists and collectors.

Landscape with Ruins and Animals presents a multifarious view divided in half by the looming arch on the left, and divided again into several detailed sections. The variety of objects and views prevents any single motif from dominating the picture. The entire composition is enlivened with highly detailed descriptions of animals, foliage, rocks and ruins.


Prince of Wallenstein, since the beginning of the eighteenth century;
[Edward Speelman Ltd., London, sold 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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