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An Enchanted Cellar with Animals gm-00016101

An Enchanted Cellar with Animals gm-00016101

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Cornelis Saftleven (Dutch, 1607–1681) Scenes of animals performing human actions and taking over human habitats were popular in Cornelis Saftleven's day. Adding color further enhanced the visual appeal and, hence, marketability of such pictures. Saftleven made An Enchanted Cellar with Animals, one of the largest and most elaborate animal fantasies he ever created, as a finished work of art in its own right.

Saftleven liberally applied lively black chalk and gray wash and intentionally restrained the use of color. The sparing touches of red, yellow, and blue watercolor heighten the comic subject's playful, festive quality. As he typically did, Saftleven included cooking implements and other bits carelessly strewn about and evoked a mood of enchantment by setting the scene in a shadowy vaulted interior with flying bats. The hidden human observer, here peeking out from the curtained doorway, was a stock figure in Netherlandish satirical and moralizing imagery of the 1500s and 1600s.
Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH. .

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