Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburgh - Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld, ca 1600Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld, 1600

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - The Last Judgment and the Seven Deadly Sins, 1600 - 1638The Last Judgment and the Seven Deadly Sins, 1600 - 1638

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - The Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th centuryThe Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th century

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg - The Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th centuryThe Harrowing of Hell, 16th-17th century

Jakob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - L'enferL'enfer

Jacob Isaacsz van Swanenburg - Temptation of Saint AnthonyTemptation of Saint Anthony

Jacob Isaaczs van Swanenburg - The Sibyl showing Aeneas the UnderworldThe Sibyl showing Aeneas the Underworld

I've been obsessed with the top image depicting Sybil and Aeneas in the Underworld from childhood, I discovered it in a book in my father's library titled "Fantastic Art" published by Ballantine Books in 1973. This is the book that introduced me to artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Brueghel, Matthias Grunewald, Arcimboldo, Salvatore Rosa, Goya, John Martin, Thomas Hafner, Dado, and many other artists that have had a lifelong impact and inspiration on my own art over the years. And coincidentally, several artists that I've recently shared on Monster Brains.  I'm thankful for the photo of the painting taken by Ilja van de Pavert. 

The last time I ran a proper post on Swanenburg was in 2007.

1 comment:

Scout Paget said...

Truly Fantastic! So much careful work in every detail. Each magnificent creature unique.

Thanks for sharing.