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Dignitaries embarking for a Party
Minderhout, Hendrik van
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Minderhout, Hendrik van

Rotterdam, 1630 - Antwerp, 1696

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Dignitaries embarking for a Party

1688. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

These two river port views (P2104 and P2105), replete with anecdotal scenes, are characteristic of the work of Hendrick van Minderhout. Since they were acquired by the Museo del Prado, they have been exhibited as a pair. Díaz Padrón (1975) identifies the Dignitaries landing at a River Port as a view of Venice. However, although the column would indeed seem to be inspired by the Piazza San Marco -here, crowned by the Archangel Saint Michael overcoming the Devil- the architecture in both scenes is in fact more reminiscent of ports in the Netherlands, albeit imaginary ones. Both canvases deal with fantasy scenes depicting the arrival and departure of senior dignitaries. There are two somewhat larger versions of these scenes signed and dated 1689 (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, 2009, p. 306).


Technical data

Inventory number
Minderhout, Hendrik van
Dignitaries embarking for a Party
Height: 70 cm; Width: 167 cm
Royal Collection (Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pieza de camaristas, 1818, nº 5).

Bibliography +

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 193.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 428.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, I, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1995, pp. 740.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 88-89.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1463.
1463.-(1990-D).-País con puerto de mar, y en la ribera tiendas empavesadas para uan fiesta, á la cual acude gente noble en una lujosa embarcacion.-Compañero del anterior. / Alto 0,70; ancho 1,67.-L.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1990.
Un puerto de mar. / Con varios barcos llenos de gente. / Alto, 2 pies, 6 pulg; ancho, 6 pies.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2893.
2893. Un puerto de mar. Compº del anterior. / Alto 2 pies, 6 pulg; ancho 6 pies.

Inv. Fernando VII, Aranjuez, 1814-1818. Núm. 5.
Pieza de Camaristas [...] {20869} 5 / Dos varas ancho tres quartas alto, puerto de mar con embarcaciones y gente dentro de ellas = escuela Flamenca

Inv. Felipe V, Quinta duque del Arco, 1745. Núm. fol.5C.
Dos quadros apaisados de vara y media de largo, y una de ancho con perspectivas y figuras flamencas sus marcos dorados.

Inscriptions +

1688 / Hvan Minderhout · fecit [En la fachada de la casa del centro]
Signed and dated. Front, center

ANNO: 16[ ]8
Dated. Front, right side

Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

Numº 2893/ Una marina - De Aran/ juez = tiene marco
Inscribed in golden colour. Stretcher

Inscribed with chalk. Back, left side

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Nº 2105
Inscribed. Stretcher

Peine 2ª
Inscribed with chalk. Stretcher

Inscribed with chalk. Back, left side

Exhibitions +

Dutch Painters at the Prado
03.12.2009 - 11.04.2010

Displayed objects +


Transport, Maritime / Transport, River

Update date: 09-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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