barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Aelbert Cuyp (1620 – 1691)

Huntsmen Halted

Dordrecht, Holland, the early 1650s

Oil on canvas

92.7 x 130.8 cm

 

The huntsmen are the three sons of Cornelis van Beveren, a diplomat and wealthy patron from Cuyp’s home town of Dordrecht. 

They wear fashionable Hungarian hunting costume and are accompanied by an exotically dressed black servant, another sign of their wealth.  The brothers rest in a landscape bathed in a warm golden light more associated with southern Europe than Holland.  Cuyp did not visit Italy himself, but he studied those Dutch artists who adopted the poetic light of Claude Lorrain.

 

Purchased 1959 (No.59.5)

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