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The Capture of a Swarm of Bees in a Farmyard

A work made of pen and brown ink and blue watercolor, with opaque white watercolor, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink and blue watercolor, with opaque white watercolor, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper.

Date:

1578/1605

Artist:

Joannes Stradanus, called Giovanni Stradano
Flemish, 1523-1605

About this artwork

Primarily active in the court of Florence and patronized by the Medici, Johannes Stradanus designed tapestries depicting hunting, agriculture, and animal husbandry. Stradanus’s familiarity with these subjects is underscored in The Capture of a Swarm of Bees, in which he used remarkable precision to describe the removal of a beehive in the central foreground. His mastery of detail is especially evident in the protective headgear and clothing of the figures. A print based on this sheet forms part of a series of over 100 subjects illustrating various types of hunting and farm work.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan van der Straet

Title

The Capture of a Swarm of Bees in a Farmyard

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality)

Date

1578–1605

Medium

Pen and brown ink and blue watercolor, with opaque white watercolor, over black chalk, on cream laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower center, in pen and brown ink: “Stradanus”; inscribed verso, lower left, in graphite: “XII”; lower center, in graphite: “34”; lower right, in graphite: “M225029”

Dimensions

Primary support: 19.6 × 28 cm (7 3/4 × 11 1/16 in.); Secondary support: 21 × 29.1 cm (8 5/16 × 11 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1031

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