A Prussian Monarch and his staff receiving the Keys of a Conquest City, (painting)
VanderMeulen, Anthony Francis 1634-1690
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 152 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This picture, which has been engraved from, is much admired on account of its clearness and bright day light, with an astonishng degree of nature. The tone of colour is good, the figures have a considerable expression, and are highly finished. The proportion of strength in the colouring - the different degrees of distance in which the objects are placed, command admiration. In his imitation of nature he was exact and faithful. His colouring is excellent; and in his landscapes, the skies and distances are clear, and exceedingly natural; and although his figures are dressed in the modes of the times, yet they are so well designed , and grouped with so much judgment, that his pictures have always a striking effect. His design is generally correct, his touch free, and full of spirit; and in the distribution of his lights and shadows, there appears so good an understanding, that the eye of the spectator is constantly pleased and entertained. It cannot indeed be truly affirmed that the works of Vander Meulen have the spirit and fire of Bourgonone and Parocel; but they seem to have more sweetness, nor could any painter excel him in describing the various motions, actions, and attitudes of horses; as he carefully studied every object after nature, and knew how to express them with truth and elegance. The principal works of this master are at versailles and Marli; but many of his easel pictures are dispersed through England, France, and flanders. painted by Anthony Francis Vander Meulen, who was born at Brussels 1634, died 1690." [P. 30.]
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