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Landscape with the Dawn of Civilisation

Landscape with the Dawn of Civilisation

Cornelis van Dalem (in 1560 - 1570)

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Even in ancient times, people were interested in the birth of civilisation. The Roman Lucretius described the primitive human as a naked hunter with a club, sleeping at night under the leaves 'like a bristly boar'. He could have been thinking of the tribes of barbarians, who then lived in the enormous European forests. The painting of the Antwerp nobleman Cornelis van Dalem shows a different start of civilisation. Although some of the primitive beings are dressed in animal skins, they are not hunters but livestock farmers. The main feature of this painting is the imposing and capricious rock landscape.

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Title Landscape with the Dawn of Civilisation
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 88.5 cm
Width 164 cm
Artists Schilder: Cornelis van Dalem
Accession number 3363 (OK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Vereniging Rembrandt, Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds, Erasmusstichting, Familiestichting Nolst Trenité, Van Ommeren-De Voogt Stichting, G.Ph. Verhagen Stichting, Stichting Van Wijngaarden-Boot, Ministerie van OCW, VSBfonds 1996
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1996
Age artist Between 26 and 36 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Paradise on Earth. Flemish Landscape Paintings from Bruegel to Rubens (2016)
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Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Cornelis van Dalem

Antwerpen vóór 1534 - Bavel 1573

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