SAVERY, Roelandt
(b. 1576, Courtrai, d. 1639, Utrecht)

The Garden of Eden

Oil on panel, 54 x 87 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

The fully-fledged animal painting emerged in the late 16th century with the rise of biological research and collections of rare creatures. Roelandt Savery in The Garden of Eden demonstrates a thorough knowledge of exotic animals such as the water-buffalo and the dromedary. The artist uses a narrative subject as a vehicle for painting his animals.