17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Aelbert Cuyp is now considered one of the leading landscape artists of the Golden Age of Dutch painting. The animals in his landscapes always appear healthy and robust. In their idyllic settings, they attest to a buoyant Dutch economy and to the sense of prosperity prevalent in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century. In particular, the dairy industry was a subject of great pride, and the depiction of cattle was a special genre in Dutch painting.