Cavern Scene, with Nymphs of Diana reposing after the Chase, (painting)
Poelemburgh, Cornelius 1586-1660
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 149 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This is a rare specimen of the Dutch school; he formed for himself a style that was entirely and in many respects new, preferable to the flemish gusto; but it did not resemble the style of any Italian master, except in the ruins of antique buildings, with which he adorned his landscapes, and which he had with great care copied after nature. He surpassed all his cotemporaries in the delicacy of his touch, in the sweetness of his colouring, and in the choice of agreeable objects and situations. His skies are clear, light, and transparent, his backgrounds ornamented often with the vestiges of Roman edifices which always contribute to the harmony of the whole composition; and his female figures, which he generally represented naked, are beautfiul and elegant forms. His greatest excellence appeared in the small pictures of his hand, for in the larger size he is not so derserving of commendation. The Italians were excessively pleased with the works of Poelemburgh; and some of the cardinals at Rome of the finest taste, attended him frequently while he was painting, to observe his manner, and expressed their admiration in the strongest terms. It was not without the greatest regret that he left Rome, to return to his own country, though he after- wards found sufficient cause to be pleased with the honors he received from the grand Duke at Florence, and the respect shewn to him in every city through which he travelled, as well as in his native city, Utrecht. For, not long after his arrival, Rubens paid him a friendly visit, and having expressed a singular pleasure in examining the works of Poelemburgh, he purchased several for his own cabinet, and bespoke others. by which generous conduct, he instructed the lovers of the art to estimate the merit of Poelemburgh, as highly as they ought, and at the same time, advanced the fortune and reputation of that artist. Painted by Cornelius Poelemburgh, who was born at Utrecht, 1586, died 1600." [P. 28-29.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts, entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time.