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A naked man tumbles screaming into a fiery abyss. He is Ixion, who attempted to seduce Hera, the wife of Zeus, the ruler of the gods. He was punished for his arrogance by being doomed to rotate for eternity on a burning wheel. Naked figures in overcomplicated poses were a typical challenge for Mannerist painters.


Title The Fall of Ixion
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room E
Dimensions (general) Width : 152 cm
Height : 192 cm
Makers Painter: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Accession number 3006 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1980
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1980
Age maker About 26 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
External exhibitions 'De Hollandse Michelangelo' Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638) (2012)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

Haarlem 1562 - Haarlem 1638

Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem was a pupil of Pieter Pietersz, the son of Pieter Aertsen, and is considered one of the most deliberately mannerist painters in t..