(b. 1620/21, Schiedam, d. 1673, Amsterdam)

Boatmen Moored on the Shore of an Italian Lake

Oil on canvas on panel, 98 x 86 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Boats are moored on the shore of a lake surrounded by high mountains. The countryside is set aglow by golden light which picks out features lsuch as the white bark of the birch-tree, the woman and child, and the ox and the ass. The presence of these animals may indicate that the painting is meant to represent Mary's flight to Egypt with the infant Jesus, but this is uncertain. Pynacker was one of the Italianates.