Vertumnus and Pomona

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
10-5/8 x 8-1/16 in.
Credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Accession number
58.89
Collection
Currently On View

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout painted the subject of Vertumnus and Pomona at least three times.  In contrast to Bloemaert's treatment of the subject, Eeckhout's chastely clad Pomona downplays the inherent eroticism of the theme.  Both paintings include Ovidian metaphors of fertility, including a fruit tree and a fruit-bearing vine. The carnations are symbolic of marriage.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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