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Landscape with Philemon and Baucis, from Large Landscapes

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert (Dutch, active in Flanders, c. 1586–1659)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)
published by Gillis Hendricx (Flemish, active c. 1642-1677)

About this artwork

Toward the end of his life, Peter Paul Rubens realized a series of six large landscape prints, all but one engraved by Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert. The genre of landscape painting had become especially important to Rubens in his final decade, when he purchased a country estate and retired from city and court life. Though artists more typically represent Philemon and Baucis, the modest and elderly couple from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, when they receive Jupiter and Mercury as dinner guests, here we see the destructive forces of nature at Jupiter’s command with the gods and their humble hosts ascending to a mountain top at the viewer’s left.


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Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert


Landscape with Philemon and Baucis, from Large Landscapes


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Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Inscribed in plate: “Occidit Vna domus: Sed non domus Vna perire / Digna fuit: qua terra paret fera regna Erÿnnis: / In facinus Jurasse putes dent ocius omne: / Quas meruere pati sic stat sententia poenas. Ovidii Metamorph.s L.I. / D.o ac Ma[g]isto PHILIPPO VAN VALKENIS I.C.Q.L. / Secretario Antverpiensi. D.C.Q. Ægidius Henrici.”; inscribed lower left to right, in plate: Pet. Paul Rubbens pinxit / S. à Bolswert sculpsit / Gillis Hendricx excudit / Antverpiæ


Image: 46.8 × 64 cm (18 7/16 × 25 1/4 in.); Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 48.2 × 64.6 cm (19 × 25 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Anne-Marie Logan

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