Sunday, October 9, 2016

New Acquisition: A Hunting Still Life by Jan Weenix

Jan Weenix, Still life with a dead swan, a peacock and a dog next to a fountain, 1684.Photo: Anna Danielsson/Nationalmuseum.

The Nationalmuseum has acquired a large, masterfully executed game still life dating from 1684 by the Dutch Baroque painter Jan Weenix. The painting represents dead game placed next to a sculpted fountain in the shape of a putto. The canvas formerly belonged to the Swedish diplomat and collector Karl Bergsten and has now been reunited with those parts of his extensive art collection previously in the museum’s holdings.

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