Landscape with Ruins and Animals
Roelandt Savery (Dutch, 1576-1639)
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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.


  • Artist Name: Roelandt Savery (Dutch, 1576-1639)
  • Title: Landscape with Ruins and Animals
  • Date: 1624
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 20-3/4 x 29-3/4 in. (52.7 x 75.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.36.1.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

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

[on loan]

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972-08-30 to 1973-03-28

[on loan]

  • Princeton University Art Museum, 1973-03-29 to 1974-07-17

Tulips are in Bloom

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-04-29 to 1993-08
  • Gerson, Horst, The Connoisseur, pp.162-171
  • Norton Simon Museum, Selected Paintings at the Norton Simon Museum, 1980, p. 61
  • Spicer, Joaneath, Essays in Northern European Art Presented to Egbert Haverkamp-Begeman on His Sixtieth Birthday, 1983, p. 255
  • Sutton, Peter C., A Guide to Dutch Art in America, 1986, pp. 215, 310
  • Müllenmeister, Kurt J., Roelant Savery, Die Gemälde mit Kritischem Oeuvrekatalog, 1988, no. 174 pp. 117-118
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 61
  • Kuretsky, Susan Donahue, Time and Transformation in Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century, 2005, fig. 21 p. 33
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 846 p. 344
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