In the Roman myths and legends Vertumne and Pomone occupies a remarkable place which will not cease to inspire painters and sculptures from the 17th century.
Madly in love with Pomona, Roman nymph with legendary beauty, Vertumne, gods of gardens, seasons and fruit trees found the subterfuge of disguising himself as an old woman to approach him. As he complimented her on the fruits of his trees, he told her the love story of Anaxarete: "Anaxarete was a girl born to a noble family in Cyprus, greatly loved by the shepherd Iphis and who reacts so coldly to his passionate love he hung himself. She was not even moved when she saw the suitor's lifeless body. As a punishment, Aphrodite transformed it into stone as she watched out of curiosity the procession of her lover's funeral passing under her window. "
Seeing that Pomone was seduced by his story, he revealed his true face, of great beauty, Pomone did not resist it, fell in love with him and accepted his love.
Abraham Hondius (1625 - 1691)
Born in Rotterdam Abraham Hondius is one of the Dutch painters of the Golden Age. After studying with the painters Pieter de Bloot and Cornelis Saftleven, he moved to Amsterdam in 1659, then left the Netherlands in 1666 to settle permanently in London.
Contemporary by Rembrandt, by Vermeer, Van Ruisdael, Hals, A. Hondius will produce many paintings of hunting scenes and landscapes.
Undisputed maritime power, in the 17th century the Netherlands was a powerful and very wealthy nation. A commercial and financial bourgeoisie made art flourish and requests for paintings became urgent.
The religious context of the time greatly influenced art, Protestant reform and Catholic counter-reform divided Europe into two artistic camps. In Catholic countries, the Baroque imposed itself, while on the Protestant side, artists who could no longer count on orders from the church had to adapt to new genres such as portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, still lifes.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries this theme was treated by the greatest French and Dutch painters.
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