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Apollo and Python

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 59.9 x 51.2 cm
  • Inv. 1904-B

Public Domain

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Jan Boeckhorst received his training in Jordaens’ studio. In 1633 he became an independent master in St Luke’s Guild in Antwerp. He was highly regarded in Antwerp art circles and worked regularly with Rubens and Frans Snijders. Several of Boeckhorst’s ‘modelli’ for a series of mythological tapestries on the story of Apollo have been preserved. The oil sketch of Apollo and Python shown here is one of them. This sketch gives us a good idea of the artist’s dynamic and expressive style. Ovid tells us the story of Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, and the snake monster Python. A few days after he was born, Apollo killed the Python who guarded the oracle at Delphi and terrorised the surrounding area, and so became master of the oracle. Proud of his first heroic deed, the young god spoke scornfully about archery as a skill to Cupid the god of love. Cupid punished him for this by causing him to become infatuated with the nymph Daphne, who despised him.


Jan Boeckhorst RKD Wikidata
Rees? 1604 - Antwerp 1668
painters (artists)AAT

Title Apollo and Python
Period 17th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1904-B
Acquisition credit purchase
Van den Berghe, Herman
De Panne
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1904-B
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/369/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 12E13 representations ~ gods, demi-gods, heroes, etc. (Greek religion) Iconclass
12F13 representations ~ gods, demi-gods, heroes etc. (Roman religion) Iconclass
25F animals Iconclass
25F2 mammals Iconclass
25FF41 fabulous animals ~ lizards Iconclass
25FF411 dragon Iconclass
25FF411(+0) dragon (+ variant) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
31A314 spying on someone Iconclass
43A421 chariot, triumphal car Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
92B3 (story of) Apollo (Phoebus) Iconclass
92B342 Apollo shoots Python, the dragon Iconclass
92D1 (story of) Cupid, Amor (Eros) Iconclass
92D18(ARROW) attributes of Cupid: arrow(s) Iconclass
92D18(BOW) attributes of Cupid: bow Iconclass
92D18(QUIVER) attributes of Cupid: quiver Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 53 ('School van A. Van Dyck'))
Jan van Boeckhorst as Draughtsman / Julius Samuel Held. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 16, p. 147 (ill.), 148)
'Der 'Lange Jan' : Leben und Werk des Barockmalers Johann Bockhorst aus Münster' / Helmut Lahrcamp. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 60, p. 92)
Nachträge zum Werk des Johann Bockhorst (alias Jan Boeckhorst) / Julius Samuel Held. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 63, p. 24)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 56-57 (ill.))
Antoon van Dyck en Gent (bijlage met figuren) / André-Emmanuel Baert. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (p. 29 (ill. 18))
Rubens : Inspired by Italy and Established in Antwerp (exhibition Tokyo, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, 09.03 - 21.04.2013 ; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, 28.04 - 16.06.2013 ; The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 29.06 - 11.08.2013) / Toshiharu Nakamura, Dennis Paul Weller, Anna Bisceglia. - Tokyo : The Mainichi Newspapers, 2013
Lili Dujourie : Folds in time (exhibition Ghent, S.M.A.K. ; Ostend, Mu.ZEE ; 06.06 - 04.10.2015) / Philippe Van Cauteren, Phillip Van den Bossche, Martin Germann, Sabine Folie, Peter Verhelst. - Ghent : S.M.A.K., 2015 ; Ostend : Mu.ZEE, 2015
Lili Dujourie : Plooien in de tijd (tentoonstelling Gent, S.M.A.K. ; Oostende, Mu.ZEE ; 06.06 - 04.10.2015) / Philippe Van Cauteren, Phillip Van den Bossche, Martin Germann, Sabine Folie, Peter Verhelst. - Gent : S.M.A.K., 2015 ; Oostende : Mu.ZEE, 2015
Apollo op de zonnewagen : een barok meesterwerk van Jan Boeckhorst (1604-1668) / Hans Vlieghe, Katharina Van Cauteren. - Antwerpen : Kanselarij Phoebus Foundation, 2019 (p. 34-60)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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