Vertangen was probably a pupil of Cornelis van Poelenburgh. Both specialised in highly detailed so-called cabinet paintings: small mythological, Arcadian and religious scenes that were often set in an Italianate landscape.
Adam and Eve are driven out of the Garden of Eden after they ate “an apple” from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden.
The copper plate adds an enamel-smooth impression to the painting.
About Daniel Vertangen
Amsterdam circa 1600 – 1681 Amsterdam
Painter of Italianate landscapes with a mythological, sometimes a religious subject. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam holds a pair of portraits by him. He also painted a few genre scenes.
He was a follower of Cornelis van Poelenburgh (Utrecht 1594/95 – 1667 Utrecht), who also specialised in these Arcadian landscapes with nymphs. Sometimes Vertangen is mentioned as a pupil of Poelenburgh; if so he must have been with him before 1617. It is also possible that he assisted Poelenburgh in his studio after 1626.
Some authors mention a stay in Hamburg, others in Denmark in 1658-59; but as his representation of the Assault on Copenhagen by the Swedes is based on an engraving by Albert Haelwegh it remains possible that he executed the painting in Amsterdam.
Vertangen's father originally came from Antwerp; he moved to Amsterdam in 1586, and married there twice.
About the Expulsion from Paradise
Chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis describes how a serpent defied Eve to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden. Eve did so and she shared the fruit with her husband Adam. Then both were ashamed because they were naked, so they made loincloths from fig leaves. God cursed them both and sent them away from the Garden of Eden.
About our painting
Our painting is registered at the RKD, The Hague under number 60502.
At the RKD our painting, which remained unsold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam, 3/05/99, was mistakenly taken for another, slightly larger version (also on copper) of the same subject, which lacks the animals.
That painting was with Gallery Salomon Lilian at Tefaf Maastricht in March 2004.
The last sentence of the Book of Genesis (3:24) describes how God placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword that turned in every direction to guard the way to another important tree, the tree of life. Vertangen has painted an angel-like figure, carrying the flaming sword, who chases Adam and Eve away from Paradise.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it is very nice, affordable, fully signed cabinet painting.