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 Cuylenborch, Abraham van (Dutch painter and draftsman, ca. 1610-1658) , A Tomb in a Grotto

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Title A Tomb in a Grotto
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Cuylenborch, Abraham van (Dutch painter and draftsman, ca. 1610-1658)
Date 1641 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Abraham van Cuylenborch's grotto interiors usually form the decor for scenes with fragments of antique architecture. This interior shows the ruins of a tomb decorated with a sacrificial scene, in which a group of people are carrying a goat and a bird to an altar. The skulls and bones on the altar can be interpreted as vanitas symbols. An inscribed cartouche on the tomb, reads as follows: ISTORIA/QUIS/OMNI/AN.F/T[P]NA/SPQR. The grotto genre was practised especially by Utrecht artists from the circle around Cornelis van Poelenburgh, who was probably the inventor of this genre.
Current Accession Number 437
Inscription front lr 'AVC. F 1641' (initials in monogram)
Subject interior; figure; animal (cow)
Measurements 41.0 x 33.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by William Euing 1874.
Principal Exhibitions Glasgow Dilettanti Society, Glasgow, 1843, cat. no. 12, as by Van der Capelle.
Publications Hofstede de Groot, C., 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', Oud Holland, vol. 11,1893, p. 138; Catalogue, Descriptive and Historical, of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Glasgow, 1935, cat. no. 437, p.76, as Interior of a Cave; Miles, H., Dutch and Flemish, Netherlandish and German Paintings, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1961, vol. 1 , p. 39, vol. 2, ill. p. 40.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Suzanne Veldink



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