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Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Hendrick Verschuring
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The sun glows on the rump of a grey horse galloping into battle, ridden by a young aristocrat. To the right, a riderless horse escapes the carnage, its tossing head standing out against the turmoil of figures, human and animal. Two tall trees that have so far survived the skirmish pierce the sky like spears. Smoke billows, adding to the sense of the smell of such a scene.

This is an imaginary battle in an imaginary place. Verschuring, although Dutch, had lived in Italy for some time. The architecture of the distant village is Italian, as is the warm sky that looks down on the bloodshed below, where swords flash and rifle shots rend the air.

Key facts
Artist Hendrick Verschuring
Artist dates 1627 - 1690
Full title Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Date made about 1677
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 91 x 113.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Augustine Sargent, 1917
Inventory number NG3134
Location in Gallery Not on display
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