Sunday Matinée

Today I want to do a post about the birds and the bees… Well, actually, of the birds and the fly.

I am still going through my photographical pool of memories from our visit to Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam this January. Today mentioning the master of bird-paintery, Mr. Melchior de Hondecoeter (1636-1695). And Jan Asselijn (1610-1652) with his swan.

The floating feather Melchior de Hondecoeter
Birds Detail 1 Melchior de Hondecoeter
Birds Detail 2 Melchior de Hondecoeter
Seven chicks Melchior de Hondecoeter
The threatened Swan Jan Asselijn
Detail 1 The threatened Swan

Just look how upset this animal is.

And here is painting named “The calling of Saint Anthony” by Aertgen Claesz van Leyden (c. 1530), who put something on a woman’s white cap, right in the front center, that on first sights looks like a stain. But on closer inspection is a fly. The sign next to the painting indicated, that this was a joke of the artist. But other sources indicate, that flys were often added by artists, after the depicted deceased. So, who knows, really.

The calling of St. Anthony Artgen Claesz van Leyden
Detail 1 The calling of St. Anthony
Detail 2 The calling of St. Anthony


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