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Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem tried, in this canvas, to depict the ideal nude. Bacchus is depicted as a young man with ideal, classic proportions whose beauty alone would be enough to blind the spectator. As such, the painting is a test of the competence of Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem in depicting the human body. The subject also characterises him as somebody who knew classic mythology. It is known that Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem had a large collection of bronze statues in his studio and probably one of these sculptures provided the inspiration for or even acted as model for this painting.

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Title Bacchus and a Satyr
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 35.8 cm
Height 49.9 cm
Artists Schilder: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Accession number 1268 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1847
Age artist About 46 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

Haarlem 1562 - Haarlem 1638

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem was a pupil of Pieter Pietersz, the son of Pieter Aertsen, and is considered one of the most deliberately mannerist painters in...

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