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Drawing - Cymon and Iphigenia (Boccaccio, The Decameron 5.1)
  • Cymon and Iphigenia (Boccaccio, The Decameron 5.1)
    Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651
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Cymon and Iphigenia (Boccaccio, The Decameron 5.1)

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Utrecht (Probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1620-30 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and opaque white, over red and black chalks on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.67-1948

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

In a wooded landscape, the naked figure of Iphigenia lies asleep on a piece of drapery at the base of a large tree, next to two female companions whose heads and shoulders only are visible beyond her torso. Cymon stands at centre and admires her beauty; he is dressed as a shepherd with a hat and holds a crook with both hands (there are pentiments for his left arm).

Place of Origin

Utrecht (Probably, drawn)

Date

1620-30 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and opaque white, over red and black chalks on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on fragment of old mount glued onto present mount, in pencil, A Kentish Idyl. Early Sepia drawing. Reproduced in the memoir.

Apparently inscribed on the verso of the original mount (no longer preserved with drawing), in pencil, with the artist’s name, dates and annotation, (From the Northwick Park Coll) No. 2067

Dimensions

Height: 153 mm, Width: 210 mm

Object history note

Bequeathed by H. H. Harrod, 1948

Descriptive line

Drawing, Cymon and Iphigenia (Boccaccio, The Decameron 5.1) by Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch school, 1620-30

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2014), vol. 1, cat. 31, pp.74-75
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and Department of Paintings, Accessions: 1948, Volume II, Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957

Labels and date

Mythological subjects flourished in Dutch art following the northern Republic’s official turn to Protestantism in 1580. Bloemaert made several drawings depicting the story of Cymon and Iphigenia from Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Cymon fell in love with Iphigenia after stumbling upon her sleeping in a forest. Her beauty was said to have transformed the ill-mannered Cymon into the perfect gentleman. []

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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