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Vertumnus and Pomona

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Vertumnus, the god of the seasons, tries in vain to court the nymph Pomona. He disguises himself as an old spinster who sings the
praises of love and of Vertumnus. When he takes the form of a handsome young man, he manages to win Pomona’s heart., As in Cerquozzi’s painting, fruit and temptation are combined here too. Vertumnus, the god of the seasons, tries to seduce the nymph Pomona. He does this in the guise of an old woman, who sings Vertumnus’s praises. The trick works, for when he takes on the appearance of a handsome young man he manages to win Pomona.

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Title Vertumnus and Pomona
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 114 cm
Height 130 cm
Artists Painter: Paulus Moreelse
Accession number 1549 (OK)
Credits Purchased 1865
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1865
Creation date in circa 1630
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Hans Makarts Abundantia (2012)
Research Show research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Paulus Moreelse

Utrecht 1571 - Utrecht 1638

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