Vertumnus and Pomona

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621-1674)

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Gerbrand van den Eeckhout painted the subject of Vertumnus and Pomona at least three times. In contrast to Bloemaert's treatment of the subject, Eeckhout's chastely clad Pomona downplays the inherent eroticism of the theme. Both paintings include Ovidian metaphors of fertility, including a fruit tree and a fruit-bearing vine. The carnations are symbolic of marriage.

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Object Information

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621-1674)
creation date
about 1669
oil on canvas
10-5/8 x 8-1/16 in.
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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