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Govaert Flinck
Dutch, 1615 - 1660

Vertumnus and Pomona, ca. 1640
Dutch Painting
Oil on canvas
38 1/4 x 45 1/4 in. (97.2 x 114.9 cm)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frank W. Lovejoy, Jr.,  83.10

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This painting illustrates a myth from Ovid's Metamorphosis.  Pomona, a nymph who presided over gardens and fruit trees, had taken a vow of chastity and therefore rejected the advances of all suitors.  Vertumnus, the Roman deity of orchards, persisted nonetheless.  To gain her affections he disguised himself as a fisherman, a soldier, a peasant, and finally as an old woman.

Flinck was a student and follower of Rembrandt, so much so that the styles of the two artists were often confused.  Flinck's skill brought him enviable social and economic rewards and eventually he was honored with a commission to create twelve paintings for the civic hall of Amsterdam.

[Gallery label text, 2005]