About this artwork

This painting presents a story from Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’. Cimon, a handsome but coarse and uneducated son of a nobleman, came across the maiden Iphegenia and fell instantly in love. The effects of love transformed him into a polished and accomplished gentleman, who eventually courted and married the beautiful Iphegenia. This scene shows the moment of their encounter – Cimon appears as a hunter at right, while Iphegenia dozes in the open air with a companion to the left. This painting is unusual in Poelenburgh’s oeuvre for the large size of the figures and the extraordinarily sensual attitude of Iphegenia.

Cornelis van Poelenburgh

Cornelis van Poelenburgh