Vertumnus and Pomona

After Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1566-1651)

Currently on View in C206
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The subject of this painting is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses and concerns the story of Vertumnus who, in the guise of an old woman, tries to convince the unwilling Pomona to accept his love.

The earliest known Dutch painting of this subject was made by Bloemaert around 1590. The composition was repeated in an engraving of 1605 and then copied by the unknown painter of this work.

Provenance research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Curator of European Art, at if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Object Information

After Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1566-1651)
creation date
about 1605
oil on copper
10-1/4 x 9-3/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Allen Whitehill Clowes Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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