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
[Edward Speelman Ltd., London, sold 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.
- New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972-08-30 to 1973-03-28
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Müllenmeister, Kurt J., Roelant Savery, Die Gemälde mit Kritischem Oeuvrekatalog, no. 174 pp. 117-118
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