Landscape with a Huntsmen and Dead Game (Allegory of the Sense of Smell) 1697


This enormous canvas features a wooded coastal landscape, the setting for hunting activities, seen through an opening which serves as a display shelf for dead game. The artist’s skills in rendering different materials and textures, and animate and inanimate forms (including the statue of Pan, the ancient god of the woods), is clearly evident. The dogs provide the clue to the painting’s allegorical theme, which is the sense of smell. It was one of five works (each representing a sense) forming a grand decorative scheme in the Amsterdam house of a wealthy Portuguese patron.

Glossary Open


Where the ‘story’ of a work has a deeper underlying meaning – often used for the representation of grand, abstract ideas.


The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Allegory, Patronage


  • Acc. No. NG 2523
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 344.00 x 323.00 cm (427.00 x 364.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1990