Jacob Hoefnagel

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Jacob Hoefnagel
(1575–ca. 1630)

Orpheus Charming the Animals

Signed and dated at lower left in gold, Ja: Houfnagl / 1613.

Watercolor and gouache, heightened with white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on vellum mounted on panel, bordered in gold
6 9/16 x 8 1/4 inches (166 x 210 mm)

Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978

Item description: 

Court painter to Rudolf II in Prague from 1602 to 1613, Hoefnagel specialized in small format mythological scenes on vellum or copper. This drawing is such a work, and its date and exquisite finish suggest that it may have been a courtly commission. The subject was popular in northern European art in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, reflecting the vogue for encyclopedic representations of nature.