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5.5 The painters in Antwerp

Most of the 75 remaining paintings are landscapes or hunting scenes, some are winter scenes or townscapes. Besides one still life in the style of Osias Beert (c. 1580-1623) [i],1 some biblical and mythological scenes are represented, in particular from Ovid's Metamorphoses. As to be expected, none of the paintings in the Winter Room is signed, although one is dated 1613 [i], as Gerson already remarked.

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  manner of/circle of Osias  Beert (I), Still life with drinking vessels, fruit and pastries, c. 1617-1620

  manner of/circle of Osias  Beert (I)
Still life with drinking vessels, fruit and pastries c. 1617-1620
oil paint / panel (oak), 51,5 x 66 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen




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  follower of Louis de Caullery, Venetian harbour scene with Commedia dell’arte jogglers and strollers dressed op for carnival, dated 1613

  follower of Louis de Caullery
Venetian harbour scene with Commedia dell’arte jogglers and strollers dressed op for carnival dated 1613
oil paint / panel (oak), 50,8 x 66,5 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen



Peter Snayers (1592-after 1666) produced one painting, now divided into two. The greater half is a painting now on the south wall of the Winter Room, a battle scene, showing a convoy being attacked by Spanish soldiers [i]. The cut-off section is mounted on the north wall [i], and was originally the right-hand third of Snayers’ picture [i]. This and three paintings on the east wall have indeed been trimmed approximately 15 cm at the top, which contributed to the earlier assumption that the paintings were in Christian IV's collection prior to the fitting-out of the Winter Room [i][i][i] . However, the frame around the painting of Snayers on the south wall carries a mark in the form of a five-pointed star, drawn in red chalk and presumably issued by an Antwerp frame maker. As the trimmed painting was framed before shipment to Denmark, we must assume that the trimmed part, now on the north wall, was supplied separately.2

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Peter Snayers, Cavalry battle with assault on a convoy, c. 1617-1620

Peter Snayers
Cavalry battle with assault on a convoy c. 1617-1620
oil paint / panel (oak), 51,5 x 66 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen




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  manner of Joos de  Momper (II), Mountain landscape with travellers, before 1600

  manner of Joos de  Momper (II)
Mountain landscape with travellers before 1600
oil paint / panel (oak), 50,5 x 102 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen




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  manner of/circle of Sebastiaan Vrancx, Preaching of John the Baptist, c. 1617-1620

  manner of/circle of Sebastiaan Vrancx
Preaching of John the Baptist c. 1617-1620
oil paint / panel (oak), 51 x 103 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen




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  manner of Joos de  Momper (II), Mountain landscape with a drunk and riders, c. 1617-1620

  manner of Joos de  Momper (II)
Mountain landscape with a drunk and riders c. 1617-1620
oil paint / panel (oak), 51 x 103 cm
The Royal Danish Collection - Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen





[1]

According to Ertz possibly by Osias Beert (Ertz 1986, p. 312), but according to Fred Meijer (RKD, November 2014) in the style of Beert, but not from his own studio.

[2]

See § 5.7.

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