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Garden Scene with Dog
Hiepes, Tomás
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Hiepes, Tomás

Valencia, 1610 - Valencia, 1674

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Garden Scene with Dog

1660 - 1670. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

Painted around 1660-1670, during the transition between the reigns of Philip IV (1621-1665) and Charles II (1665-1700), this painting clearly conveys the characteristics of Valencian still lifes from the second half of the Siglo de Oro. Its agreeable, decorative and jovial play of elements captures the joy of a Mediterranean garden. At the same time, it is an accomplished example of the repertoire of motives that Hiepes enjoyed including in his still lifes, and especially his flower paintings. Here, he presents a plethora of attractive elements in a delightful landscaped patio. A large bench adorned with ceramic tiles bears a variety of spermatophyte plants in large glazed decorative flowerpots, each of its own design. There are also two open baskets—one with flowers and the other with sprays that might be jasmines arranged in the biznaga manner associated with Malaga—as well as flowers on the ground; a large pot of carnations and a fruit tree. A wooden chair with a leather seat stands at the center of the composition, and the small, fragile and charming little dog perched upon it appears to be oblivious to his crowded and fertile surroundings. This may be an image of Hiepes’ own little garden, which would explain why many of its components appear separately in other works by him. In fact, he may even have raised ornamental flowers there for his canvases, much like his colleague, Francisco Pérez Sierra, who is known to have done so in the late 17th century.

Hiepes’ presentation of flowers emerging from the earth in large flowerpots, as well as the pots themselves, is quite original for 17th century Spain, and he may well have been the only artist to paint in that manner, possibly because he lived and worked in Valencia, a city famous for its gardens, flowers and fruit. The work also bears an inscription in Valencian—Sens dubte que qui a pinta, tenia cinc dits en cada ma (Whoever painted this undoubtedly had five fingers on each hand)—a jocular reference to this master’s skill with the brushes. There are other paintings like this one, and even an unsigned one that has all the same details except for the dog, which has been transformed into a monkey. And they all seem to have been largely painted by Hiepes’ workshop, which actually increases their value by revealing the presence of collaborators in his extensive production.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p.80/81

Technical data

Inventory number
Hiepes, Tomás
Garden Scene with Dog
1660 - 1670
Height: 109.5 cm; Width: 156.5 cm
acquisition from Olga Rodríguez Lorenzo, 1998

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Thomas Yepes, Fundacion Bancaja, Valencia, 1995.

Cherry, Peter, Arte y naturaleza: el bodegón español en el siglo de oro, Ediciones Doce Calles, 1999.

El Jardín de Melibea, Sociedad Estatal para la Conmemoración de los Centenarios, Madrid, 2000.

Flores españolas del Siglo de Oro: la pintura de flores en l, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2002, pp. 121.

Calvo Serraller, Francisco, Spanish flower painting in the Golden Age, SEEI España, Madrid, 2002.

Luna, Juan J., El bodegón español en el Prado: de Van der Hamen a Goya, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2008, pp. 80/81.

López Terrada, Mª José, La pintura de bodegones de Tomás Yepes (ca.1600-1674), Ars longa, 21, 2012, pp. 233-251 [248].

Marco García, Victor, Pintura barroca en Valencia, 1600-1737, CEEH, Centro de Estudios de Europa Hispánica, Madrid, 2021, pp. 451 nº 107.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2399.

Inscriptions +

Sens dubte que qui a pinta, tenia cinc dits en cada ma [en valenciano]
Inscribed in black. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.03.2011 - 26.06.2011

El bodegón español en el Prado
11.03.2010 - 06.06.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
12.10.2009 - 14.02.2010

El bodegón español en el Prado
25.06.2009 - 20.09.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
31.03.2009 - 31.05.2009

El bodegón español en el Prado
24.09.2008 - 30.11.2008

Flores españolas del Siglo de Oro / Spanich Flower Painting in the Golden Age
15.11.2002 - 02.02.2003

Spaanse Bloemenpracht Stillevens uit dee Zeventiende Eeuw - Flores españolas del Siglo de Oro
17.08.2002 - 14.10.2002

El jardín de Melibea
18.04.2000 - 20.06.2000

Update date: 18-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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