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Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger (Antwerp c. 1580 - The Hague? 1649)

Figures on a Terrace c.1615

RCIN 404718

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The obelisk was one of the classical forms that became popular in the Renaissance garden. Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger included three marble obelisks in his depiction of Figures on a Terrace of c.1615. Steenwyck must have known the architectural fantasies and garden designs of Jan Vredeman de Vries, who was master to Steenwyck’s artist father, Hendrick van Steenwyck the Elder (c.1550 – 1603). A terrace with obelisks of the type depicted in Steenwyck’s painting is illustrated in Vredeman de Vries’ Perspective (1604).