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Pan pursuing Syrinx
Hendrick van Balen the Elder and Follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder

Pan chased the nymph Syrinx through Arcadia. When she came to the river Ladon she could flee no further; her prayer for escape was answered as she was transformed into reeds, from which Pan subsequently made his pan pipes. Ovid, 'Metamorphoses' (I, 689-713).

This is thought to be a work in which Hendrick van Balen the Elder painted the figures, and the landscape was executed by a follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder. The composition was probably inspired by a print of 'Pan and Syrinx' by Hendrick Goltzius.

Key facts
Artist Hendrick van Balen the Elder and Follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder
Artist dates 1575? - 1632; 1568 - 1625
Full title Pan pursuing Syrinx
Date made possibly after 1615
Medium and support Oil on copper
Dimensions 25 x 19.4 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1860
Inventory number NG659
Location in Gallery Not on display
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