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Vertumnus and Pomona

Gerbrand v. Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621-1674)


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.

Object Information

artist
Gerbrand v. Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621-1674)
creation date
about 1669
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
10-5/8 x 8-1/16 in.
accession number
58.89
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors