Hendrick Bloemaert

Hendrick Bloemaert, Granida und Daifilo, Kunsthandel Mühlbauer

Hendrick Bloemaert


Hendrick Bloemaert (1601/02 – Utrecht – 1672)

Oil on Canvas
99.5 x 127.5 cm
signed lower left: “H. Bloemaert fec. 1634”

Granida and Daifilo were lovers from the Dutch pastoral play “Granida” (1605) by Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft. Granida, the daughter of an eastern king, betrothed to Prince Tisiphernes, lost her way while out hunting. She came upon a shepherd Daifilo and his mistress Dorilea who had just quarrelled. Daifilo fetched water for the princess to drink and fell in love with her. He followed her to court and, after several turns in the story, they fled to the woods together to live a pastoral life. Daifilo was taken prisoner by one of Granida’s several suitors. They were finally reunited after the intervention of Tisiphernes who yielded his claim to her. The play set a fashion for pastoral idyll in the Netherlands and long remained popular.

further Illustrations


Private collection, Germany


Marcel Roethlisberger: “Abraham Bloemaert and his sons”, fig. 625, cat. 452.


Prof. M. Roethlisberger, December 2012