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The Flood
Scorel, Jan van
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Scorel, Jan van

Schoorl (Netherlands), 1495 - Utrecht (Netherlands), 1562

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The Flood

Ca. 1530. Oil on panel. Not on display

The teacher of Anthonis Mor, Van Scorel introduced Roman Mannerism into the Low Countries. This scene combines figures derived from Michelangelo with a nocturnal landscape characteristic of the northern tradition. In the brightly lit foreground, a large crowd flees the unstoppable advance of the water. People and animals create a semicircle framing the background landscape, which is plunged into darkness and includes Noah’s Ark with men and women clinging on in the hope of being saved. The striking contrast between the brightly litforeground and dark background encapsulates the drama of the scene.

Technical data

Inventory number
Scorel, Jan van
The Flood
Ca. 1530
Height: 109 cm.; Width: 178 cm.
Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe II, Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, 1593; El Escorial, segunda pieza del taller del rey, 1794, nº 69; El Escorial, Claustro donde están las enfermerias de los monjes, 1839).

Bibliography +

Glück, Gustav., Quelques peintres nerlandais du XVI siecle., GAZETTE DES BEAUX-ARTS: LA CHRONIQUE DES ARTS, 13/14, 1936, pp. 196-199.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 623-624.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Felipe II: mecenas de las artes, Nerea, Madrid, 1992, pp. 409.

Belkin, Kristin Lohse, A House of Art : Rubens As Collector, Runenhuis, Antwerpen, 2004.

Borchert, Till-Holger, Van Eyck to Durer : early netherlandish painting and Central..., Lannoo, 2010, pp. 170-171.

Ruíz Manero, J. M., Los Bassano en España, Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 2011, pp. 383-384, n.4NB [No Bassano];; il.LXVI.

Other inventories +

Inv. Testamentaría Carlos III, Monasterio de El Escorial, 1794. Núm. 69.
Segunda Pieza del Taller [...] {4046} 69 Otro Quadro de quatro pies de alto y seis de ancho representa el Dilubio Unibersal pintado en tabla, marco antiguo en ... 900

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 436.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 436.
Franc Floris (Francisco de Vriendt, llamado comunmente) / 436. El Diluvio Universal (E.) (Tabla.) / Alto 3 pies, 11 pulg; ancho 6 pies, 1 pulg, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1355.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 1515.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 1515.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in orange. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner


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Update date: 07-02-2021 | Registry created on 24-08-2015

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