Sunday, May 29, 2016

17C Euro Garden Fountains - Arcady & The Garden of Love


Style of Caspar Netscher (Dutch artist, 1639-1684) Portrait of a Lady

In these paintings eligible daughters & worthy wives are depicted in the mythical land of Arcady, a popular allegory of the period. At the center of Arcady is a Garden of Love, where a figure of Cupid sits atop a fountain.  A young woman posed in this setting is usually placing her hand in the water...this is a motif makes an allusion to her potential as a worthy wife and mother, recalling Proverbs, chapter 5, verse 18 "Let thy fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of thy youth." 

1661 Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) A Mother and her two Children by a Fountain



1664 Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) Young Lady by a Fountain



Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) Young Lady by a Fountain (For those who did not like a blond, serious sitter, Maes apparently painted this more cheerful brunette.)


Barend van Kalraet (Dutch artist, 1649-1737) Lady by a Fountain with a Parott



Barent Graat (Dutch artist, 1628-1709) Portrait of a Girl Cleaning Cherries in a Fountain



Brabant school, the end of the 17C. Three year old girl at a fountain.



Caspar Netscher (Dutch artist, 1639-1684) Portrait of a Lady with a Fountain in a Garden Beyond



Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) Catherine Peels leans on a garden fountain.



Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) Young Girl stops at a garden fountain as her dog drinks the water below.



Nicolaes Maes (Dutch artist, 1634-1693) Young Lady's arm rests on a garden fountain


Style of Pieter Nason (Dutch artist, c 1612-1688-90) Portrait of Anna Catharina van Heemskerck (1676-1723) when young, seated by a fountain on a draped garden terrace


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