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|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 88.5 cm
Width 164 cm
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|
|Age artist||Between 26 and 36 years old|
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Paradise on Earth. Flemish Landscape Paintings from Bruegel to Rubens (2016)
|Geographical origin||Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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