Room 17a

Northern Mannerism and Still-life Painting

Northern Mannerist painters depicted biblical and mythological subjects using dynamic compositions, virtuoso light effects, and idealised figures in contorted poses. One of the most sophisticated artists working in this genre was Joachim Wtewael. These richly detailed paintings, often set in lush landscapes, influenced the development of several genres at the turn of the 17th century including still life, also featured in this room.

Once still life developed into an independent genre, several subspecialities emerged. Ambrosius Bosschaert excelled at painting lavish bouquets bursting with an array of exotic species; the detailed realism of each individual flower masks the conceit that they were not in bloom during the same season. Collectors delighted in such fictional flower arrangements and paid high sums for them. Other favourite subspecialities were fish and dead game, examples of which are also shown here.

Paintings in this room

Hendrick van Balen the Elder: 'Pan pursuing Syrinx'
Pan pursuing Syrinx
Hendrick van Balen the Elder and Follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder
Roelandt Savery: 'Orpheus'
Orpheus
Roelandt Savery
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger: 'The Courtyard of a Renaissance Palace'
The Courtyard of a Renaissance Palace
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger: 'The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East'
The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger
David Teniers the Younger: 'Autumn'
Autumn
David Teniers the Younger
David Teniers the Younger: 'Spring'
Spring
David Teniers the Younger
David Teniers the Younger: 'Summer'
Summer
David Teniers the Younger
David Teniers the Younger: 'Winter'
Winter
David Teniers the Younger
Joachim Wtewael: 'The Judgement of Paris'
The Judgement of Paris
Joachim Wtewael