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Adriaen de Vries (c. 1556-1626)

Theseus and Antiope ?c. 1600

RCIN 57961

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With lofty poise the Queen of the Amazons seems to admonish the striding Athenian hero, but the gesture is ambiguous (she formerly held an object, perhaps a quiver). The exaggerated proportions and high polish of the figures contribute a vertical thrust, yet the rough, unfinished tendril seems to anchor the group to the ground. The naturalistic base is perhaps a tribute to Albrecht Dürer, whose famous monogram is imitated here, for Adrianus Fries.