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PROPERTY FROM A UK PRIVATE COLLECTION

Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem
THE INFANT JUPITER SUCKLED BY A GOAT
JUMP TO LOT
169

PROPERTY FROM A UK PRIVATE COLLECTION

Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem
THE INFANT JUPITER SUCKLED BY A GOAT
JUMP TO LOT

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Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem
HAARLEM 1620 - 1683 AMSTERDAM
THE INFANT JUPITER SUCKLED BY A GOAT
signed and dated lower right: Berghem./ 1651
oil on canvas
96.9 x 134 cm.; 38 1/8  x 52 3/4  in.
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Provenance

In the possession of the family of the present owner for at least a century.

Catalogue Note

The subject of this work is related to Ovid's Fasti (5:121–4), which tells how the infant Jupiter was suckled by the goat, Amalthea. It remains a matter of debate whether Berchem travelled to Italy, but a pronounced change in his post-1650 paintings toward more Italianate settings and an increased output of mythological subjects, accompanied by a more sensitive treatment of light, certainly suggests so; in any case, he was undoubtedly inspired by his contemporaries who returned to Haarlem from the south to work in the Italianate style.

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