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An Allegory of Relations between the Generations

A work made of etching and engraving on paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving on paper.




Pieter Serwouters (Flemish, 1586-1657)
After David Vinckboons (Flemish, 1576-1632)

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Pieter van Serwouters excelled in showing the intricacies of familial relationships. In this outdoor scene after David Vinckeboons, he broadens the theme of the garden of love to encompass everyone from babies to the elderly. This sheet encompasses a spectacular range of open-air activities. An old man avidly counts his money; mothers put their babies to bed; children adore their pets; a young couple engage in lute playing; and another pair sneaks out of the walled garden, perhaps to conceive the next generation.


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Pieter Serwouters


An Allegory of Relations between the Generations


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1608


Etching and engraving on paper


Image: 25.7 × 34.9 cm (10 1/8 × 13 3/4 in.); Plate: 25.8 × 35.1 cm (10 3/16 × 13 7/8 in.); Sheet: 27.5 × 35.6 cm (10 7/8 × 14 1/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Manilow and the Henry M. Huxley Fund

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