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Birds have long been a source of artistic inspiration.

Roelandt Savery (Kortrijk 1576 - Utrecht 1639)

A Landscape with Birds Signed and dated 1615

RCIN 405510

Middle Closet, Hampton Court Palace

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Dutch Golden Age painter Roelandt Savery is best known for painting the dodo before it became extinct, thus providing a key source for today’s understanding of its appearance. This painting depicts a wide variety of other birds in an eerie, dream-like landscape. Large numbers of herons, storks, bitterns and other species mill around in an overgrown, swampy riverscape, a large architectural ruin looming over them.